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After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa

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A brutally honest exposé, After Mandela provides a sobering portrait of a country caught between a democratic future and a political meltdown. Recent works have focused primarily on Nelson Mandela's transcendent story. But Douglas Foster, a leading South Africa authority with early, unprecedented access to President Zuma and to the next generation in the Mandela family, tr ...more
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published September 10th 2012 by Liveright (first published March 19th 2012)
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shaz rasul
Dec 08, 2012 shaz rasul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, five-star
I had the opportunity to hear Douglas Foster give a particularly fascinating multimedia talk about "After Mandela…", so I'm not entirely sure how well the book's unorthodox structure - part high-level political reportage, part youth ethnography, part
part personal reflection -- would hold together without that kind of forewarning.

What Foster does that's remarkable is two-fold: 1) He gets access to Jacob Zuma in a way that to date no one else really has, and 2) he reaches out to a younger generati
May 09, 2014 Nida.s rated it liked it
This was the first time I read something apart from fiction and non-fiction. I found this book very interesting. Foster give us a portrait of a vibrant nation, full of contrast and contradictions. Although I will say that for someone like me, who had no idea about African politics and culture, was very fast paced and bit confusing. Foster did mention things about the past but those were very brief and unclear. No doubt Foster showed a great dedication towards the idea he had to show to the world ...more
Canadian 135
Jun 16, 2014 Canadian 135 rated it liked it
Disappointing - the book is written by a journalist (with Mother Jones) - after reading Mandela's excellent autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, I wanted to read about the politics of South Africa in the post-Mandela era (really, to figure out how the excitement and promise of self-rule have resulted in a society of tremendous inequality, sexual violence, etc.) I didn't find the author's approach very interesting or explanatory - vignettes of individuals, so that much information is repeated in ...more
May 09, 2014 Ashley rated it really liked it
After Mandela expanded my thoughts about cultures and ethnicities more than ever before. I’ve recently been battling with my own cultural identity that I’ve failed to recognize other cultures along with their diversity and hardships. Although intercultural communication competence is hard to come by, one thing holds all cultures together by one commonality, which is the struggle to overcome life’s many adversities. Foster’s book has grasped my curiosities about South Africa. I hope that the citi ...more
Dec 31, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
I received an advance reader copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways. In After Mandela, Foster has unprecedented access to important figures in contemporary South Africa history, including current president Jacob Zuma and two of his daughters; Ndaba Mandela, grandson for former president Nelson Mandela; prominent figures in South African news and print media; and community organizers and HIV/AID workers. Foster also tells the stories of several young "informants" who represent blacks and w ...more
N J Brand
Dec 13, 2013 N J Brand rated it liked it
Recommended to N J by: Professor
**Disclaimer: I am a seasoned, well over the age of your typical student in college, non-typical life-long student. This book was an assigned book for Intercultural Communications class.**

The author, Douglas Foster, does a decent job of reporting the complex problems facing this emerging, post-apartheid, nation: disease; political corruption; government vs private operation; how the media is run and who controls it; education and how/who gets to be educated and the level of education; the scarci
Dec 13, 2013 Veronica rated it it was amazing
I was introduced to After Mandela book as part of my class; at first I thought it was too long to read and remember all that it was about. As I continued reading I discovered how interesting it became; I absolutely love this book. It covers all the issues that South Africa has struggled with starting from apartheid, HIV/AIDS, economy, education, race, corruption, unemployment and rape; it also covers the restrictions imposed by the ANC government on the media; and Foster did not leave out an imp ...more
Ken Pascual
Dec 13, 2013 Ken Pascual rated it really liked it
This is the first book I’ve read about Nelson Mandela. At first, it was very difficult to understand because of the structure of the book. However, once you’re mid-way through the book, you’ll begin to have a better understanding of the book.

Douglas Foster did a remarkable job telling us the story of a vibrant nation, full of contrasts and contradictions of wealth and poverty, and the diversity. To tell this story, Foster provided documents and narratives of three different groups of people: dis
Jon Marcaurele
Dec 07, 2013 Jon Marcaurele rated it really liked it
This is a well-written work that strives to present the situation in post-apartheid South Africa in a brutally honest manner. Foster does this from various levels, connecting with individuals and weaving their narratives into a tale that encompasses all levels of society in South Africa. From the poorest street kid to the privileged children of political leaders, Foster manages to ingratiate himself with the local populace and present the unique and varied perceptions of the state of South Afric ...more
Kathy Stabe
Dec 13, 2013 Kathy Stabe rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I had to read it for school, and I went into it expecting it to be a dry and boring history book. However, Mr. Foster does an excellent job of explaining the events of post-apartheid South Africa through the eyes of very real people. These people's stories were beautiful, tragic, uplifting, and heartbreaking, and they bring modern South Africa to life. This is a great read, especially now. Many of the problems experienced in South Africa I feel parallel a lot of the i ...more
Max Billick
Sep 14, 2016 Max Billick rated it really liked it
This book is a thoughtful analysis of the situation in South Africa and the next generations (bleak) prospects for success in the Rainbow Nation. After Mandela is well written, but there is still some work to be done in the readability department.
Dec 25, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A fantastic book that serves as an honest and thorough analysis of modern South Africa and is complemented by beautifully crafted that stunningly describes both the people and the land that makes South Africa both special and at risk. Foster comprehensively describes the social problems that face ZA and delves deeper than the stats, interviewing both political superstars, such as President Jacob Zuma and people like Jonathon Persens, a street child who has struggled to transform his life from t
Eugene Moreno
May 09, 2013 Eugene Moreno rated it it was amazing
The level of insight into South African struggles is unmatched. Foster captures so much reality, it is difficult to put it down once you start. The commentary and dialogue is all based on or quoted from first hand experiences. There is rich description of the landscape, the people, the events. By the time I was done, it was hard to believe that Foster spent so few years in South Africa, and was still able to create such an intense journal. I have certainly changed my entrie perspective of South ...more
Christopher Taylor
May 10, 2013 Christopher Taylor rated it really liked it
Dr. Foster did an extremely good job or imparting to us in his writing the life of the South African people. He lived with the people for a period of 8 years on and off. He interviewed people from all walks of life, from children living on the streets, to people battling HIV/AID's and political leaders including President Mbeki & President Zuma.

Dr. Foster in his years in the country teaches us about the political atmosphere, the living conditions of the citizens, and the economy of the coun
Lynne Fort
Jul 06, 2013 Lynne Fort rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I am one of Professor Foster's former students, but I'm not getting anything out of doing the review. It's entirely sincere.
I actually read this book in manuscript form in order to prepare for my own journalism internship in Cape Town, South Africa. This book offers incredible insight on the current state of South Africans, especially the youth. And it showcases Foster's incredible talent as a journalist. It's worth a read for anyone interested in the country.
Jan 31, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it
I read this while traveling in South Africa for the first time. Getting under the surface of this complicated, often disturbing country helped me enjoy it more and stress less. Following several young people from different strata of South African life (class, economics, racial backgrounds) kept the history and political learning fresh and the stories moving along at a good pace. I recommend this book to anyone interested in South Africa.
Mar 15, 2015 Dawn rated it really liked it
Interesting read. In depth review of the political leaders since mandela.
Lindsey Wallis
Dec 05, 2012 Lindsey Wallis rated it it was amazing
A very down-to-earth look at Africa in the late noughts. Cleary written, with an easy, narrative style. The author manages to weave interviews, personal experiences, history and statistics into an engaging, informative read. A definite must for anyone with an interest in the state of South Africa. Especially interesting with the background knowledge gained from Naomi Klein's "Shock Doctrine."
Oct 01, 2013 Alec rated it liked it
Foster provides a solid overview of the social, political, and economic forces that have been at play in South Africa the past fifteen years. He inserts himself into the book a little too often and buys into certain narratives too quickly, but he does an excellent job of using interviews to illuminate and personalize larger societal trends.
Jul 09, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
A naked telling of politics in South Africa that probably doesn't tell much different than any political story of any country. Foster tells the human saga of concern, corruption, and self interest that we see in all acts of humanity.
Kelli Lynn Dwyer
Nov 20, 2012 Kelli Lynn Dwyer marked it as to-read
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I just wanted to thank you for doing the giveaway and that I am very happy and excited that I won this book. As soon as I receive and read the book I will be more then happy to write a book for you. Thank you again.
Jan 07, 2013 Raj rated it liked it
This was a bit too in-depth for me. I need more of a beginners book. But if you already know a lot about S. African politics you will love this book. Maybe I'll try and read the whole thing another time.
Corey Holmes
Mar 19, 2015 Corey Holmes rated it really liked it
Finally finished the book while on holiday. I am researching youth unemployment in Gauteng province and this book gave insight through various characters.
Genevieve Barrons
Dec 12, 2013 Genevieve Barrons rated it liked it
Over all a good read, but needed better editing towards the end.
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