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Allen, John 1952-

Overview
Works: 10 works in 64 publications in 7 languages and 4,131 library holdings
Genres: Sermons  Biography  Quotations  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: DT1756, 968.063
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by John Allen
The rainbow people of God : the making of a peaceful revolution by Desmond Tutu( Book )
16 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and held by 1,895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
During the twenty-seven years of Nelson Mandela's imprisonment, Desmond Tutu served as the embodiment of hope for all the oppressed people of South Africa. Deprived of the right to vote (and virtually every other civil right), South Africa's people of color found their beloved archbishop to be a constant source of strength and courage in the wearing, year-in, year-out battle against the consummate evil of apartheid. So successful was Tutu in his great work that he became, as Nelson Mandela tells us in his Foreword, "public enemy number one." Here is the extraordinarily inspiring story of Desmond Tutu's decades-long struggle as the dedicated spokesman for one of the most important liberation movements of modern times, the anti-apartheid movement - as told by John Allen, the courageous journalist who became the archbishop's media secretary. Woven into the astonishing tapestry of narrative are Tutu's speeches, letters, and sermons - the thrilling addresses that have made him not only a symbol of hope for his own people but a focus for justice, peace, and reconciliation throughout the world. With a clarity of pitch born out of decades of experience, Tutu shows us all how to move forward with honesty and compassion to build a newer and more humane world. For, as he says, "We can only be human in fellowship, in community ... in Peace." Here is a guidebook that has universal resonance, a how-to book on accomplishing a revolution, one that ends with South Africa's first free election, in which Desmond Tutu, at the age of sixty-two, is permitted to vote for the first time in his life! But here is a revolution that, as the archbishop explains, ends not in mere victory, but in peace and reconciliation for all the Rainbow People of God
Rabble-rouser for peace : the authorized biography of Desmond Tutu by John Allen( Book )
25 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
To be a rabble-rouser for peace may seem to be a contradiction in terms. And yet it is the perfect description for Desmond Tutu, Nobel laureate and spiritual father of a democratic South Africa. Tutu understood that justice -- a genuine regard for human rights -- is the only real foundation for peace. And so he stirred up trouble, courageously engaging in heated face-to-face confrontations with South Africa's leaders; he stirred up trouble in the streets, leading peaceful demonstrations amid the barely controlled fury of police battalions; he stirred up trouble on the world stage, seeking international disinvestment in the apartheid economy. Tutu has led one of the great lives of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and to read his story in full is to be reminded of the power of one inspired man to change history. In this authorized biography, written by John Allen, a distinguished journalist and longtime associate of Tutu, we are witnesses to courage, stirring oratory, and a demonstration of the power of faith to transform the seemingly intransigent. We know in retrospect that the apartheid resistance movement was successful and that South Africa, though not without its problems, today faces an infinitely brighter future than it might if it had not been for the efforts of Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and other leaders. But no such outcome was ever a certainty. Through the author's personal experiences, total access to the Tutu family and their papers, and considerable research, including the use of new archival material, Allen tells the story of a barefoot schoolboy from a deprived black township who became an international symbol of the democratic spirit and of religious faith. Allen personally observed how Tutu, at genuine risk to his own safety, repeatedly intervened between armed soldiers and stone-throwing students to keep the peace, how he faced constant death threats and angrily stood up to the leaders of the cruel apartheid system. Using his own faith as a cudgel, Tutu asked those officials to confront their own Christian background and made them reconcile their actions with their own professions of belief. Often through the sheer power of moral example and with a lyrical command of the English language, Tutu was able to appeal to the conscience of the world and to the emotions of an angry crowd in the streets. And then, when the battle for South African rights was finally won, it was Tutu who insisted on finding a path to forgive the former oppressors by strongly backing and serving on the unprecedented Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Today, the archbishop continues to appeal to the world's conscience by opposing the continuance of war and the inadequacy of the international response to the AIDS/HIV crisis sweeping Africa. He has led a life of commitment, one that continues to matter. John Allen has movingly captured the flavor and details of that life and marshaled them into a commanding story, one that sheds light on the struggles and triumphs of our times
God is not a Christian : and other provocations by Desmond Tutu( Book )
12 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this collection of Desmond Tutu's most historic and controversial speeches and writings, we witness his unique career of provoking the powerful and confronting the world in order to protect the oppressed, the poor, and other victims of injustice. Renowned first for his courageous opposition to apartheid in South Africa, he and his ministry soon took on international dimensions. Rooted in his faith and in the values embodied in the African spirit of ubuntu, Tutu's uncompromising vision of a shared humanity has compelled him to speak out, even in the face of violent opposition and virulent criticism, against political injustice and oppression, religious fundamentalism, and the persecution of minorities. Tutu's hopeful, timeless messages become increasingly necessary and powerful with each passing year. Arranged by theme and introduced with historical context by Tutu's biographer, John Allen.--From publisher description
The essential Desmond Tutu by Desmond Tutu( Book )
4 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The authorised biography of Desmond Tutu by John Allen( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tells the story of how a boy from South Africa's poverty-stricken black townships became one of the world's best-known religious figures, a moral icon to those who work for peace and justice everywhere. This story of Desmond Tutu's life tells a crucial part of South Africa's history and its movement towards peace
Rabble-rouser for peace the authorized biography of Desmond Tutu by John Allen( Recording )
2 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the story of a slight, sickly black boy, living at the margins of South African society, who grew up to be a towering figure of moral power, religious significance, and political impact - one of the very few great human beings of our age
The Rainbow People of God Selections The rainbow people of God by Desmond Tutu( Book )
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Dios no es cristiano y otras provocaciones by Desmond Tutu( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in Spanish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Apartheid South Africa: an insider's view of the origin and effects of separate development by John Allen( Book )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
"Speaking from firsthand knowledge and with an intimate understanding of the situation, the author takes us beyond the media hype that so dominated Western television screens to answer some of the most vital questions concerning the apartheid era ...bringing to light little known facts concerning historical detail and providing the reader with eyewitness accounts of day-to-day life in one of the most dangerous countries in the world". (back cover)
Rabble-rouser for peace ( Recording )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Allen, John
Allen, John 1952-
Languages
English (54)
German (3)
Swedish (2)
Chinese (1)
Danish (1)
Spanish (1)
Dutch (1)
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