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Will the dreams Mandela had for South Africa be fulfilled?

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Most people know the story of South Africa’s miraculous transformation from an tumultuous apartheid state into Nelson Mandela’s “Rainbow Nation.” However, many are less familiar with what has happened in the years that followed since, ushered in by Mandela’s presidency in 1994.

Author Douglas Foster shines light on South Africa’s lesser known post-apartheid era in his book “After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa.” Foster describes how the country experienced various periods of unrest as it struggled with economic disparity, AIDS, and political turmoil. Foster further examines the enduring racial tensions in South Africa, where half the population is under twenty-five and knows Mandela only as a distant historical figure.

Most of all, Foster strives to comprehensively answer the question: what will become of the South African dream of freedom and equality articulated by Mandela when he fearlessly became the nation’s first black president?


Douglas Foster, author of “After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa” (Liveright Publishing); associate professor at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University. Formerly senior editor at the Center for Investigative Reporting and director of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

Live Event

Douglas Foster will discuss and sign copies of After Mandela at Book Soup in West Hollywood tonight at 7pm.