Chase your Shadow

Chase your Shadow

The Trials of Oscar Pistorius

Large Print - 2014 | First HarperLuxe edition.
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The definitive account of the rise and fall of South African Olympic and Gold Medal-winning Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, from his personal and athletic success to the murder charge that rocked the world and put both the man, and post-Apartheid South Africa, on trial.

Oscar Pistorius made history as the first amputee to compete against able-bodied runners at the 2012 London Olympics. A hero in his native South Africa, the "Blade Runner" as he is known for his futuristic prosthetic legs, became a global icon of resilience and determination.

But less than a year later, Pistorius rocked the world once again when he shot his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, through a closed bathroom door in the early hours of February14, 2013. Charged with murder, he claimed self-defense, contending that he had acted in a blind panic, imagining an intruder had broken in. But as the investigation moved to trial--during which the prosecution sought to prove that he killed her in a rage after an argument--a picture emerged of a traumatized individual fascinated with guns and assailed, behind the heroic facade, by anguish and self-doubt.

Acclaimed journalist John Carlin follows the trials of this fallen champion, detailing his fraught upbringing, his almost superhuman rise to athletic glory, and the mysterious circumstances surrounding Steenkamp's death. At the center of Pistorius's story is South Africa--a young democracy stained by a history of racial disparity and levels of criminal violence that are among the highest in the world.

Thoughtful and probing, Chase Your Shadow offers a piercing look at this intriguing modern tragedy, bringing to life a complex figure and the troubled land that shaped him.

Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, [2014]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062370518
0062370510
Branch Call Number: Large Print 345.68025 CAR
Characteristics: 552 pages (large print)

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Oct 03, 2016

I knew of this case and followed the trial albeit inconsistently. I had seen the 48 Hours interview at the time, and thought there would be more to learn. Wonderfully written and very easy to read. Am looking forward to the book on Nelson Mandela by the same author. I would highly recommend this book!

LJHan Mar 05, 2015

Couldn't finish this.
This book is so pro Pistorius--by the second page that was obvious--that I wondered why I never saw his halo while watching him run on TV...perhaps halos don't show up on cameras?

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