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A Legacy of Liberation: Thabo Mbeki and the Future of the South African Dream

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Agripping social history of South Africa’s past and future andbeautifully narrated by one of Africa’s most esteemed journalists, From Struggle toLiberationsheds light on the future of the nation under a new regime. With unprecedented access to Thabo Mbeki and the top brass in the African National Congress, Mark Gevisser weaves a nuanced portrait of the black experience un

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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published (first published March 31st 2009)
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Misha
Aug 31, 2014 Misha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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By most accounts, Mark Gevisser's new book Legacy of Liberation: Thabo Mbeki and the future of the South African Dream is a masterful and sweeping biography of an immensely complex and influential man.

I agree. Having completed my reading last week, I think I have gained some important insight into the experiences and ideologies that have shaped one of the most important leaders of the new South Africa.

At the same time, I feel a bit tangled up by the book, ensnared in a mess of truth, impressions
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Riley
Jun 08, 2014 Riley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book taught me a lot about apartheid and Thabo Mbeki, whose name, I’m embarrassed to admit, didn’t mean anything to me until I tackled this. I’ve always been interested in the Russian Revolution, but this biography actually gave the best psychological picture of a revolutionary that I’ve ever read.

One passage I underlined, about Mbeki’s childhood as the scion of African National Congress leader Govan Mbeki:

“The Mbeki children were brought up to understand, from a very early age, that it wa
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Vivian
Nov 03, 2009 Vivian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very well written and gives insightful meaning to the man Thabo Mbeki,that assumed the presidency after Nelson Mandela.
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Mark Gevisser is one of South Africa’s leading authors and journalists. His next book “Dispatcher”, about his personal relationship with his home-town Johannesburg, will be published by Farrar Straus Giroux and Atlantic Press in 2013.
Gevisser has been awarded an Open Society Followship for 2012/13 working on The Sexuality Frontier. During his fellowship he will be looking at the ways ideas about s
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