Mandela: The Lost Tapes

Mandela: The Lost Tapes

Richard Stengel

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In 1993, after 27 years of imprisonment, Nelson Mandela sat down with ghostwriter Richard Stengel to begin working on Long Walk to Freedom, a critically acclaimed memoir that would become a best seller around the globe.

Mandela: The Lost Tapes reveals never-before-heard audio from Stengel’s interviews with the Nobel Prize winner, freedom fighter, and former South African president. Hours of rare recordings detail the turning points of Mandela’s life, key moments that shaped a revolution and the man who was to bring freedom to his nation.

In this Audible Original, Stengel relives his intimate chats with Mandela, attempting to answer the questions ‘What made Nelson Mandela who he is?’ and ‘How can the rest of us be more like him?’

In Stengel’s own words: “It’s partly the story about how Mandela and I wrote his memoir Long Walk to Freedom. But much more than that, it’s a story about our unusual friendship, my struggle to learn who Mandela really was, and my quest to understand what makes a human being great.”

Mandela: The Lost Tapes provides an intimate look at who Nelson Mandela was beyond his carefully curated public persona. Through Mandela’s own words, he reveals his extraordinary journey to becoming one of the greatest leaders in modern history.

  • No. of episodes: 11
  • Latest episode: 2023-12-04
  • History

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Questions & Answers

How many episodes are there of Mandela: The Lost Tapes?

There are 11 episodes avaiable of Mandela: The Lost Tapes.

What is Mandela: The Lost Tapes about?

We have categorized Mandela: The Lost Tapes as:

  • History

Where can you listen to Mandela: The Lost Tapes?

Mandela: The Lost Tapes is available, among others places, on:

  • Apple Podcasts
  • Podtail
  • Google Podcasts

When did Mandela: The Lost Tapes start?

The first episode of Mandela: The Lost Tapes that we have available was released 4 December 2023.

Who creates the podcast Mandela: The Lost Tapes?

Mandela: The Lost Tapes is produced and created by Richard Stengel.