Anthony Sampson


Biography of Anthony Sampson

Anthony Terrell Seward Sampson (3 August 1926 – 18 December 2004) was a British writer and journalist. He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford and served with the Royal Navy from 1944–47. During the 1950s he edited the magazine Drum in Johannesburg, South Africa. On returning to the United Kingdom he joined the editorial staff of The Observer, where he worked from 1955–66. Sampson was the author of a series of major books, starting with Anatomy of Britain (1962). His main themes were how Britain works as a state, and large corporations. He was also a founding member of the (now defunct) Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Anthony Sampson's Works:

Common Sense About Africa (1960)
Anatomy of Britain (1962)
Anatomy of Britain today (1965)
The New Anatomy of Britain (1971)
Changing Anatomy of Britain (1982)
The Essential Anatomy of Britain: Democracy in Crisis (1992)
The New Europeans (1968)
The Sovereign State of ITT (1973)
The Seven Sisters (a study of the international oil industry) (1975)
The Arms Bazaar (a study of the international arms trade) (1977)
The Money Lenders (a study of international banking) (1981)
Black Gold (about the crumbling of apartheid and the business/financial picture in South Africa) (1987)
Company Man (a study of corporate life) (1995)
Mandela: The Authorised Biography (1999), winner of the Alan Paton Award
Who Runs This Place?: The Anatomy of Britain in the 21st Century (2004)
The Anatomist (2008, Politico's Publishing) the autobiography of Anthony Sampson (which was prepared for publication by his wife and family)

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