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The struggle for freedom in post-apartheid South Africa

Douglas Foster
Book After Mandela by Douglas Foster

The most important contemporary portrait yet of young South Africans and their campaign to create a new kind of democracy at the southern tip of Africa. Available Now!

Author Douglas Foster photo by T. Giglio

Events Fall 2013

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9.2.2012 | 1-2:30 p.m.

Preview: South Africa Today:
A Spiritual Journey

Broadway United Methodist Church.
3338 N Broadway St.

9.9.2012 | 1-2:30 p.m.

BOOK LAUNCH: Young South
Africans Confront the Burden
of History

Claudia Cassidy Theater,
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
(at Michigan Ave.)

9.12.2012 | 7:30 p.m.

Women in the Fight for a
New South Africa

Women and Children First
5233 N. Clark St.

9.13.2012 | 7 p.m.

The Mandela Legacy
Book Cellar

4736 N. Lincoln Ave.
(between Lawrence and Leland)

9.17.2012 | 5:30 p.m.
Reception, 6 p.m. Talk

Graduate School of Journalism

University of California,
Berkeley, California
121 North Gate Hall

9.18.2012 | 12:00 p.m.

Pixar University

1200 Park Avenue
Emeryville, California

9.18.2012 | 1 p.m.

Book Passage

31 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, California
415 927-0960

9.18.2012 | 7:00 p.m.

Montclair Presbyterian Church

5701 Thornhill Drive
Oakland, California

9.19.2012 | 7:00 p.m.

Keplers Books

1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA

9.20.2012 | 7:00 p.m.

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, California

9.27.2012 | 12 p.m.

Young Women in the Fightfor Democracy in the new
South Africa

Women's Athletic Club
626 N. Michigan Ave.
For ticket information:
Bookstall in Winnetka.
(847) 446 8880

10.4.2012 | 6 p.m.

The Mandela Legacy and
Young South Africans

Harold Washington Library
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
400 State St.

4:45 p.m. Reception, 6:00 p.m. Talk

World Behind the Headlines

Center for International Studies
University of Chicago
International House
1414 E. 59th St.
Chicago, Illinois

Books available from Seminary
Co-operative Books

10.25.2012 | 4 p.m.

A Journalist's Story:

Crain Lecture:
Northwestern University
McCormick Tribune
Center, Auditorium
1870 Campus Dr.
Evanston, Illinois

10.28.2012 | 4 p.m.

A Generational Challenge in South Africa

Crain Lecture:
In Conversation with Charles Whitaker
MTC Forum
1845 Sheridan Road
Evanston, Illinois

11.1.2012 | 7 p.m.

Freedom in a Post-Transitional Democracy

Colby College
Oak Institute
Waterville, Maine

11.13.2012 | 7 p.m.

Books, Inc.

Opera Plaza
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, California
(415) 776-1111

11.15.2012 | Noon

The Youth Revolt

Commonwealth Club
595 Market Street
San Francisco, California

11.16.2012 | 7 p.m.

Mandela's Legacy

Books Inc
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, California

12.5.2012 | 6 p.m.

A Journalist's Story

Medill Alumni Club
Galway Pub
7 East 36th Street
New York City

12.11.2012 | Noon

Reporting Across International Lines

Columbia Journalism School
Pulitzer Hall
Stabile Center
New York City

1.27.2013 | 3 p.m.

Post Apartheid South Africa

Elliott Bay Books
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, Washington

1.28.2013 | 12:30 p.m.

Health and the Struggle for Freedom

School of Law
University of Washington
William H. Gates Hall
Seattle, Washington

3.27.2013 | 7:00 p.m.

New Politics in South Africa

EsoWon Books
4327 Degnan Blvd.
Los Angeles, California

4.18.2013 | Noon

Young South Africans and the Search for Full Liberation

Provost's Lecture Series
University of Houston, Victoria
University Center
3007 N. Ben Wilson Dr.
Victoria, Texas

5.22.2013 | 7:00 p.m.

The Mandela Legacy

Boswell Books
2559 Downer Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

6.8.2013 | 2:00 p.m.

In Conversation with Alex Kotlowitz:
Post Transition South Africa

Printer's Row Literary Festival
Lake Room
University Center
Chicago, Illinois

8.21.2013 | 7:00 pm

Mandela's Living Legacy

Porter Square Books
25 White Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts
617 491-2220

8.27.2013 | 5:30-7:00 pm

Young South Africans and the Fight for Freedom

Downtown Harvard Club
One Federal Street
Boston, Massachusetts

9.17.2013 | Noon

Mandela's Grandchildren

Commonwealth Club
595 Market Street
San Francisco, California

A brutally honest expose, AFTER MANDELA is a sobering, but ultimately reassuring portrait of a country caught between its founding principles — antiracist, antisexist, nonhomophobic and egalitarian — and the stark realities the new nationfaced from the beginning. South Africa is the only place in the world where democracy arrived, in 1994, on the same day that globalization and the HIV pandemic walked in the door. Drawing on unprecedented access to President Jacob Zuma and members of the Mandela family, Foster presents the story not only from the vantage point of the emerging black elite, but also from the point of view of rural children and the young — who are ready to claim the liberation originally won in their name.


Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold's Ghost:

“I devoured this well-crafted, original book with increasing interest. As someone who has written about South Africa over the years, I felt increasing envy. Douglas Foster has penetrated deep into the life of that endlessly fascinating country in a way that few, if any, journalists have done — or even thought to try. The result is extraordinary.”

Martin Cruz Smith, author of Gorky Park:

“AFTER MANDELA is an experience. This is not a report by someone merely ‘knowledgeable,’ or an old Africa hand. This is the work of someone with Africa — 'the land of cobras and honey' — in his soul.”


“A nonidealized but never cynical portrait...Foster was there for the wild celebration of the World Cup but asks, What now? Essential reading for anyone interested in South African affairs.”

Publishers Weekly:

"In this thoroughly engrossing account based on his travels there between 2004 and 2012, Foster offers a richly detailed account, both personal and professional, of "the only place on the globe where advanced capitalism, AIDS, and political freedom rushed through the door together."

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