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South Africa's Brave New World

R.W. Johnson

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ISBN 13: 978-1--59020-410-8
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Hardcover
Overlook
9/30/10

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The universal jubilation that greeted Nelson Mandela’s inauguration of South Africa in 1994 and the banishment of apartheid is one of the most thrilling, hopeful stories in the modern era. This book tells the story of South Africa from that magic period to the bitter disappointment of the present.


“R.W. Johnson is a historian, but also a polemical journalist, and he writes with passion about the present. He provides a robustly liberal critique of the new South Africa.” -Economist

“Johnson’s book is laden with the bitterness of one who has witnessed a lost chance at reform, after the end of apartheid. It exposes the dark underbelly of the ANC’s government with a view toward pushing leaders to act being the sloganeering of 1994. It is, to this extent, an act of hope.” --National Review


“The South Africa correspondent for the (London) Sunday Times and a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books, Mr. Johnson has been a prolific critic of the ANC's 16-year tenure in power. South Africa's Brave New World, his political history of the post-apartheid era, amounts to a book-length indictment of the ANC. Its leaders come through as so corrupt, lecherous and violent that governance is not even an afterthought. "If we didn't dine with thugs and crooks," says one to Mr. Johnson, "then we'd always eat alone." The book is a catalog of sins and rumors…. It is big and disorganized but filled with credible gossip—like the Trevor Manuel story—and therefore a delight.” --

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