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Mandela: An Audio History

Performance - Spoken Word
Nonfiction: Biography / History / South Africa / Apartheid
Unabridged   1.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 02/19/2014

Audie® Award Winner: Audiobook of the Year!

Mandela: An Audio History

Commemorative Edition

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Audio CD ISBN:9781622314331
Digital Download ISBN:9781622314348


The award-winning radio series documenting the struggle against apartheid through intimate first-person accounts of Nelson Mandela himself as well as those who fought alongside him and against him.

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Product Description

Recognized as one of the most comprehensive oral histories of apartheid ever broadcast (NPR, BBC, CBC, SABC), Mandela: An Audio History tells the story of the struggle against apartheid through rare sound recordings. The series weaves together more than 50 first-person interviews with an unprecedented collection of archival sound: a rare recording of the 1964 trial that resulted in Mandela’s life sentence; a visit between Mandela and his family secretly taped by a prison guard; marching songs of guerilla soldiers; government propaganda films; and pirate radio broadcasts from the African National Congress (ANC).

Once thought lost forever, Radio Diaries producer Joe Richman unearthed a treasure trove of these historic recordings in the basement archive of the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Ultimately, over 50 hours of archival recordings and many more hours of contemporary interviews with the living witnesses to South Africa’s turbulent history have gone into the creation of one of the most moving audio documentaries ever produced.

Includes a commemorative 32-page booklet featuring historic photos and a complete transcript of the audio program.


“Remarkable . . . compelling . . . unique history.”
      —AudioFile [Earphones Award Winner]

“Surprisingly thorough and very compelling. . . . A very fine short history of apartheid—very approachable and . . . quite engrossing.”
      —DWD’s Reviews

Author Bio

RADIO DIARIES has helped pioneer a new form of citizen journalism, empowering ordinary people to report on their own lives and histories. Radio Diaries has won every major award in broadcast journalism and produced some of the most memorable documentaries ever heard on public radio. Founder and Executive Producer Joe Richman is an award-winning producer and reporter. Before founding Radio Diaries, he worked on the NPR programs All Things Considered, Weekend Edition Saturday, and Car Talk. He also teaches radio documentary at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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