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After the Party
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Andrew Feinstein is a former ANC MP. He writes extensively for the Guardian and the New York Times, among others, and is a regular commentator on the BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera and CNN. He is currently writing a book on the global arms trade.

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Former South African Member of Parliament Feinstein delivers a damning portrait of the African National Congress in this lacerating political memoir. The author, who won a seat in the provincial legislature in South Africa's first democratic elections, affectionately recounts the tenure of Nelson Mandela as president, reserving his criticism for Mandela's successor, Thabo Mbeki, whom he excoriates repeatedly-and sometimes repetitiously-for his denial of the country's AIDS crisis and failure to exert political pressure on Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe. The book's central narrative hinges on an investigation into an arms deal that revealed the depth of corruption in the Mbeki-led ANC. The text follows the investigation and the changing fortunes of the ANC through Mbeki's resignation in September of 2008, concluding at a moment of uncertainty for the country and the party. The author occasionally digresses from his compelling history of South African politics to reflect on his own Jewish-African identity and his philosophical approach to government-influenced by the writings of Vaclav Havel. Charged with passionate conviction, this book is a deeply personal but far-reaching insider's account of a political party losing its way. (May) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

For those contemplating a first journey into the murky world of South African politics, there can be few better guides than Andrew Feinstein.A" Independent A searing close-up portrait of the corrupting force of powerA" Los Angeles Times "This important and brave book." Archbishop Desmond Tutu Anyone wishing to understand what has happened to the South African dream must read this book. Enthralling and lucid.A" Richard Dowden, Director of the Royal African Society A hard-hitting, searingly honest and indubitably courageous account of the author's personal and political journey into South Africa's post-apartheid parliament... It is an indispensible read for anyone interested in understanding the challenges and dilemmas of contemporary South African politics.A" Shula Marks, Emeritus Professor of History, School of Oriental and African Studies Gripping in its blow-by-blow account - After the Party is an enthralling read.A" Andrew Cockburn, author of Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall, and Catastrophic Legacy

Feinstein, a former member of parliament for the African National Congress (ANC), South Africa's ruling party since 1994, and a frequent political commentator, delivers a detailed and very personal account of the key groups and players inside (and outside) the ANC in the fight against apartheid and for democratic elections in South Africa. Both memoir and historical account, this book is a challenging read in the best meaning of the phrase, inviting readers to look at a very difficult topic through the experiences of a man who was there. While Feinstein's descriptions of poverty, segregation, and racism will be familiar, American readers might just learn something about the concept of apartheid and its effect on South Africa and its diverse population. Feinstein, himself a Caucasian Jew, tells of not voting in any election (even though he had the right) until 1994, when voting was integrated and Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first democratically elected president. The book focuses on the time from Mandela's election to the ANC's splintering, the author's resignation from the party, and his emigration to London. With notes and a very helpful list of abbreviations; readers with some knowledge of South Africa will especially appreciate this book.-Jenny Seftas, Southwest Florida Coll., Fort Myers Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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