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’ 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. Download and start listening now!