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Description - Thabo Mbeki and the Battle for the Soul of the ANC by William Mervin Gumede

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842778487
ISBN-10: 184277848X
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 496
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - William Mervin Gumede

William Mervin Gumede is a columnist for the Sunday Independent, and he also does work for the Economist Intelligence Unit (London), BBC World Service (London), African Intelligence Newsletter (Paris) and Omvarlden (Stockholm). He was deputy editor of the Sowetan and senior editor at the Financial Mail. He has won several journalism awards, including the South African Courageous Journalism Award (1997), the FBJ's Excellence in Business Journalism Award (2001) and the Sanlam South African Excellence in Financial Journalism Award (2000). William was educated at the University of Utrecht, Wolfson College, Cambridge, and the London School of Economics. He is a visiting research fellow at the Graduate School of Public and Development Management at Wits, and is a former Clive Menell Fellow at Duke University, US.