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

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

by Mark Gevisser
     
 

ISBN-10: 0230611001

ISBN-13: 9780230611009

Pub. Date: 03/31/2009

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

In this gripping social history of South Africa, award-winning journalist Mark Gevisser follows the family of former South African President Thabo Mbeki to make sense of his legacy and understand the future of the country under new President Jacob Zuma. With unparalleled access to Mbeki and Zuma, as well as other key players in the ANC, Gevisser presents an

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In this gripping social history of South Africa, award-winning journalist Mark Gevisser follows the family of former South African President Thabo Mbeki to make sense of his legacy and understand the future of the country under new President Jacob Zuma. With unparalleled access to Mbeki and Zuma, as well as other key players in the ANC, Gevisser presents an intimate yet accessible account of South Africa's past, present and future. With his stunning account of the Mbeki family's history as a backdrop, Gevisser fleshes out a monumental period in world history that will continue to shape African politics for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230611009
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/31/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note on the Text ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Thabo Mbeki and the South African Dream Deferred 1

1 The Mbekis: "The Jews of Kaffirland" 12

2 The Moeranes: Chekhov in the Transkei 19

3 The New Africans 25

4 Mbewuleni: "A Place of Seed" 33

5 Family 40

6 Queenstown: The African Springtime Orchestra 47

7 Lovedale: "Africa's Best and Brightest" 50

8 Fatherhood 58

9 Johannesburg: Fringe Country 66

10 Becoming a Communist: "An Honour Bestowed upon Me" 74

11 Into Exile 78

12 Sussex Man 85

13 Favorite Son 96

14 Swinging London: Old Left, New Left 106

15 Moscow Man 116

16 "Not Quite Home": Lusaka and Marriage 124

17 Swaziland: Front Line 133

18 Govan and Epainette 141

19 The Disappearance of Jama Mbeki 150

20 Nigeria: "The Real Africa" 157

21 The National Interferer 165

22 Party Man 174

23 The Diplomat 181

24 The Seducer 189

25 Parallel Paths to Power 199

26 Reunions 208

27 Coming Home 214

28 Sidelining 225

29 Into Power 234

30 Transition: The Battle Over the Economy 246

31 The Arms Deal: South Africa's Poisoned Well 256

32 Mandela and Mbeki: "One Good Native" 261

33 Mbeki and AIDS: "Yes, We Are Diseased!" 276

34 Mbeki and Zimbabwe: "Red-Telephone Diplomacy" 297

35 Home 305

Epilogue: Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma, and the Future of the South African Dream 320

Notes 346

Bibliographical Notes 366

Index 369

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