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“As a reader, I devoured this well-crafted, original book with increasing interest. As someone who has also written about South Africa over the years, I felt increasing envy. Douglas Foster has penetrated deep into the life of that endlessly fascinating country in a way that few, if any, other journalists have done--or have even thought to try. The result is extraordinary.”
Adam Hochshild, author of King Leopold’s Ghost
A brutally honest expose, 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, traces the nation's entire post-apartheid arc, from its celebrated beginnings under "Madiba" to Thabo Mbeki's tumultuous rule to the ferocious battle between Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. Foster tells this story not only from the point of view of the emerging black elite but also, drawing on hundreds of rare interviews over a six-year period, from the perspectives of ordinary citizens, including an HIV-infected teenager living outside Johannesburg and a homeless orphan in Cape Town. This is the long-awaited, revisionist account of a country whose recent history has been not just neglected but largely ignored by the West.
Douglas Foster, the former editor of Mother Jones magazine, is the recipient of the Knight Fellowship at Stanford University and the Alicia Patterson Fellowship. Formerly senior editor of the Center for Investigative Reporting and director of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Foster is an associate professor at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University.