Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Christo Brand was an 18-year-old recruit to the South African prison service when he was sent to work at the Robben Island prison. He was assigned to guard Nelson Mandela, who he was told was a dangerous terrorist. Over time, he became friendly with Mandela, even helping his wife Winnie bring in their grandchild for Mandela to hold for the first time.
The bond of trust between the two men extended beyond Mandela's prison years. As President of South Africa, he called for Christo and gave him a job in the archives department in Parliament. A few weeks before his death, Mandela made another call, to say goodbye.
Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend is the story of Mandela's life in Christo Brand's own words, and of a powerful friendship forming in the most unlikely of places.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 23 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||10 March 2014|
|Publisher||Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 112,058 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
99 in African History (Audible Books & Originals)
131 in History of South Africa
158 in Penology (Books)
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It's one of the books I couldn't put down. Very powerful, to me it tells of humanity at one of the darkest places you could be (prison).
Christo tells it as it is, somehow it feels a privilege to look into that world. There are some very moving places in this book for example Nelson Mandela being able to meet his grandchild thanks to Christo taking massive personal risks.
A great read, somehow life feels better for reading it.