Thabo Mbeki and the Battle for the Soul of the ANC

William Mervin

Thabo Mbeki and the Battle for the Soul of the ANC

William Mervin

Distributed for Zed Books

496 pages | 6.125 x 9.1875
Paper $41.95 ISBN: 9781842778487 Published November 2007 For sale in North and South America only
As a spokesman for a country, a continent and the developing world, Thabo Mbeki plays a crucial role in world politics, but to many people he is an enigma. Is this simply because Mbeki is a secretive man, or are there complicated political factors at play?

In this book, experienced journalist William Gumede pulls together the insights he has gained from years of reporting on the Mbeki presidency to create a sophisticated but readable account of South Africa's seat of power. He explores the complex position that Mbeki occupies - following in Nelson Mandela's footsteps, heading a party with roots as a liberation movement, and ruling an intensely divided country. Revealing the political and personal tensions behind the scenes, Gumede explains the forces that have created one of the world's most powerful and enigmatic leaders.

Covering Mbeki's attempts to modernise the economy and kick-start an African Renaissance, and investigating his controversial stance on issues from AIDS to Zimbabwe, the book offers invaluable insights into the machinations behind political decisions that touch the lives of millions every day.
Contents
Preface
Abbreviations

1. Freedom's Long Walk
2. Mbeki's Path to Power
3. Escaping Mandela's Shadow
4. Was the ANC Trumped on the Economy?
5. Economics for the Poor
6. The CEO
7. Mbeki's AIDS Denial - Grace or Folly?
8. Comrade Bob
9. NEPAD and the 'Big Men'
10. What's Wrong With Being Filthy Rich?
11. Remaking South Africa's Politics
12. Modernising the Alliance
13. The Poor Bite Back: The 'New' Struggle
14. 'We Are All Yes-Men and Women Now'
15. The Battle for Succession

Notes
List of Interviews
Index
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