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

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Nelson Mandela's inauguration as president of South Africa in 1994 seemed to usher in an age of peaceful, rational change. But R. W. Johnson's major new book explains how this was not to be. The profound damage of apartheid and the country's new leaders - in exile or prison for much of their adult lives - were a disastrous combination that poisoned everything from big business to education and AIDS policy to relations with Zimbabwe.

At the heart of the book lies the figure of Thabo Mbeki, whose presidency led to catastrophic failure on almost every front. In South Africa's Brave New World Johnson reveals how Mbeki and those around him brought South Africa close to 'failed state' status - and explores the implications for its future.

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A relentless and pulverising polemic against the ruling African National Congress and virtually all of its leading lights (Economist)

[A] ripping audit of the post-apartheid settlement ... especially good at skewering Mbeki's "Africanist" rhetoric (Stephen Robinson Sunday Times)

Offers glorious detail on the political infighting and Mbeki's vindictive style of government (Chris McGreal Observer)

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'South Africa's Brave New World is both a tour de force and a tour de horizon of South Africa's uneven journey since 1994 and the ascent of the ANC to government. It is a tale, told with verve and in no-holds-barred style which lifts the lid on a range of topics which have been semi-buried by the miasma of political correctness which has engulfed the country since the advent of democracy. Parts of the tapestry which Johnson stitches with expertise and eloquence is variously inspirational, harrowing and even disturbing and shocking. The journey encompasses the pinnacles of high achievement and very often the precipices of low politics and skulduggery in high places. An essential contribution to South Africa's history-in-the-making.' Tony Leon

`Over the past ten years or so, South Africans have been battered senseless by an endless series of scandals and crises, none of which ever seem to achieve satisfactory resolution. After a while, you simply stop registering these things. Humans cannot live without hope, so most of us just shrug and stumble blindly and dumbly on with our lives. Bill [R.W. Johnson], on the other hand....Bill kept his head clear and his eye on the ball, and now he's laid it all out in this masterpiece. It's not the reportage that's telling, because this is mostly a cuttings job. It's the Olympian sweep and lucidity of his analysis, and the Churchillian clarity of his prose. The result is a book that is utterly devastating for anyone who still cherishes illusions about the Rainbow nation. In fact, Bill's book renders almost everything that came before it naive and superfluous.' Rian Malan, author of My Traitor's Heart

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