Adolf Wood

Adolf Wood on Three New Books about South Africa

South Africa’s Brave New World: The Beloved Country Since the End of Apartheid

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Allen Lane/The Penguin Press 720pp £25 order from our bookshop

After Mandela: The Battle for the Soul of South Africa

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Hutchinson 312pp £18.99 order from our bookshop

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

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Palgrave Macmillan 376pp £18.99 order from our bookshop

R W Johnson is without peer as a historian of modern South Africa. In 1977, he published How Long Will South Africa Survive?, a model of realpolitik at the time of the Cold War, offering no facile prophecies; and in 2004, a boldly revisionist history of the country from its earliest beginnings, South Africa: The First Man, The Last Nation. Both books were notable for their robust honesty, meticulous scholarship and polemical vigour, qualities again very much to the fore in this (somewhat cumbrously titled) new work, South Africa’s Brave New World: The Beloved Country Since the End of Apartheid.

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