The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed September 12, 2012

After Mandela by Douglas Foster

The new book, After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa, provides a sobering portrait of a country caught between a democratic future and a political meltdown. 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.

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.

Douglas Foster, an associate professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, is a contributor to The Atlantic, New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and Smithsonian

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