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

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-03-31
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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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 the legacy of liberation struggle and understand the future of the country under Jacob Zuma. With unparalleled access to Mbeki and Zuma as well as key ANC brass, 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 the very human elements of a monumental period in world history that will continue to shape African politics for years to come.

Author Biography

Mark Gevisser is a journalist at the Johannesburg Sunday Times and former correspondent for London's Mail & Guardian and The Nation. He was educated at Yale University and received an MFA from Columbia University. He lives in South Africa. 

Table of Contents

Author's Note on the Textp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction Thabo Mbeki and the South African Dream Deferredp. 1
The Mbekis: "The Jews of Kaffirland"p. 12
The Moeranes: Chekhov in the Transkeip. 19
The New Africansp. 25
Mbewuleni: "A Place of Seed"p. 33
Familyp. 40
Queenstown: The African Springtime Orchestrap. 47
Lovedale: "Africa's Best and Brightest"p. 50
Fatherhoodp. 58
Johannesburg: Fringe Countryp. 66
Becoming a Communist: "An Honour Bestowed upon Me"p. 74
Into Exilep. 78
Sussex Manp. 85
Favorite Sonp. 96
Swinging London: Old Left, New Leftp. 106
Moscow Manp. 116
"Not Quite Home": Lusaka and Marriagep. 124
Swaziland: Front Linep. 133
Govan and Epainettep. 141
The Disappearance of Jama Mbekip. 150
Nigeria: "The Real Africa"p. 157
The National Interfererp. 165
Party Manp. 174
The Diplomatp. 181
The Seducerp. 189
Parallel Paths to Powerp. 199
Reunionsp. 208
Coming Homep. 214
Sideliningp. 225
Into Powerp. 234
Transition: The Battle Over the Economyp. 246
The Arms Deal: South Africa's Poisoned Wellp. 256
Mandela and Mbeki: "One Good Native"p. 261
Mbeki and AIDS: "Yes, We Are Diseased!"p. 276
Mbeki and Zimbabwe: "Red-Telephone Diplomacy"p. 297
Homep. 305
Epilogue Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma, and the Future of the South African Dreamp. 320
Notesp. 346
Bibliographical Notesp. 366
Indexp. 369
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