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After Mandela: The Battle for the Soul of South Africa

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When Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress declared victory over the bitter injustice of apartheid, some thought South Africa's future was assured. But despite Mandela’s mission of reconciliation, rampant inequality remains; race relations are uneasy, violence is endemic and many in the ANC appear to have lost sight of the liberation ideals. With the election in ...more
Published 2010 by Cornerstone (Random House) (first published May 7th 2009)
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Aug 31, 2010 Eleanor rated it really liked it
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Jun 23, 2013 Mark Farley rated it it was amazing
Having recently visited South Africa (and in particular Robben Island and Soweto) and came across many of the social and political factors myself in this book on my trip, not to mention visiting in the immediate period before the election win for Zuma, I was incredibly fascinated on hearing the take of Alec Russell, a seasoned and experienced correspondent in the country for the Financial Times. His book is anecdotal, the arguments and points he raises are just and thought out and incisive and t ...more
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Jan 06, 2016 Connor Leech rated it really liked it
A bit dated now but great educational book about SA
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Mar 29, 2014 Andrew Doran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book for anyone who wants to understand the dynamics of key issues in recent South African history. Despite the title, the author does a good job of explaining the relevant historical contexts that led up to the challenges of the past two decades. Reading Mandelas Long Walk To Freedom beforehand is recommended if you want to go even deeper into the history. ...more
Dec 25, 2011 Beth added it
Great basic intro to post mandela south Africa - I used it to give some background on main economic and social themes to inform a work trip to sa. Only quibble is that tha author as a British bbc journalist is too much of an outsider to give really searing insight into south African politics. But for those wanting a quick overview and easy read it is perfect.
Sep 04, 2013 Tessa rated it really liked it
Shelves: south-africa, 2013
This is the most helpful book I've read so far about the post-1994 life of South Africa. As a newcomer to the country, it really helped fill in some gaps for me, in a manner that was both enlightening and interesting. I would recommend this to anyone who is following the ongoing life of South Africa.
Aug 07, 2011 Betty is currently reading it
Haven't finished reading yet but that is because it is book of political science and I don't usually read such things.

It provides a good insight into the politics of South Africa post-Mandela. Very interesting the was Russell compares and distinguishes South Africa from other African nations.
Aug 27, 2012 Andy rated it it was amazing
Interesting, nuanced and informative book about post-Apartheid South Africa. Explores the tensions within a state that has shaken off a racist regime and replaced it with one that is better but far from perfect.
Sep 08, 2013 Yan rated it it was amazing
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An accessible and informative overview of South Africa in the years since the end of apartheid, focusing on areas such as land reform, business, policing, HIV, and the internal struggles of the ANC.
Jan 04, 2013 Lameez rated it liked it
Interesting and well-informed. But I'm waiting for the inside scoop on the ANC!
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