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Good Morning, Mr Mandela

Nonfiction: Biography / History / South Africa / Apartheid
Unabridged   14.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 07/07/2014

Good Morning, Mr. Mandela

A Memoir

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Audio CD ISBN:9781622315253
Digital Download ISBN:9781622315260


A powerful, intimate portrait of the late South African president and apartheid leader Nelson Mandela from the white Afrikaner woman who overcame her own upbringing and prejudice to serve as one of his private secretaries.

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Product Description

A white Afrikaner, Zelda la Grange grew up in segregated South Africa, supporting the regime and the rules of apartheid. Her conservative family referred to the imprisoned Nelson Mandela as “a terrorist.” Yet just a few years after his release and the end of apartheid, she would be traveling the world by Mr. Mandela’s side, having grown to respect and cherish the man she would come to call “Khulu,” or “Grandfather.”

Good Morning, Mr Mandela tells the extraordinary story of how a young woman’s life, beliefs, prejudices—everything she once believed—were utterly transformed by the man she had been taught was the enemy. It is the incredible journey of an awkward, terrified young secretary in her twenties who rose from a job in a government typing pool to become one of the president’s most loyal and devoted associates.

This audiobook offers a rare, intimate portrait of Nelson Mandela and his remarkable life as well as moving proof of the power we all have to change.

Includes an introduction read by the author as well as an author interview.


“This story proves the power of making politics personal and is an important reminder of the lessons Madiba taught us all.”
      —President Bill Clinton

“President Nelson Mandela’s choice of the young Afrikaner typist Zelda la Grange as his most trusted aide embodied his commitment to reconciliation in South Africa. She repaid his trust with loyalty and integrity. I have the highest regard for her.”
      —Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Author Bio

ZELDA LA GRANGE was born in Boksburg, South Africa, and began working as a secretary for the South African government in 1992. In 1994 she joined the office of the first democratically elected president of South Africa as a senior ministerial typist. She became one of President Mandela&#srquo;s three private secretaries in 1997. In 2002 she left government and became a full-time employee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

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