Reviews for Rabble-rouser for Peace : The Authorized Biography of Desmond Tutu

Book News Reviews
Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, spent years working against South Africa's Apartheid system and is credited by many for having played a major role in South Africa's truth and reconciliation process. In this biography of Tutu, Allen (the former director of communications for South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission) combines first-hand knowledge from his 30-year association with Tutu, information from his interviews with the Tutu family and access to the Tutu family papers, and archival research to present a portrait of the man from his childhood through Tutu's political activities following the fall of Apartheid. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Booklist Reviews 2006 October #1
"The Bible is dynamite . . . nothing could be more radical." For South Africa's famous Anglican Archbishop Tutu, the choice between prayer and social action is not an either-or proposition; "rather, prayer inevitably drove you off your knees into action." Much has been written about Tutu's role as head of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where apartheid perpetrators came forward to confess and ask forgiveness, but the focus of this compelling biography by his longtime media secretary is on Tutu's dynamic leadership role in the apartheid resistance when those racist perpetrators were in power. The inside story of his life is also a gripping history of the fight for peaceful change. Tutu's passionate comments, whether he is meeting with world leaders to campaign for economic sanctions or defusing violent street battles at home, are both fierce and funny. But they can also be moving, as when he accepted the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize not for himself but for the millions of his people who had been uprooted and dumped as if they were rubbish. ((Reviewed October 1, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.