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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Douglas Foster  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Douglas Foster is an Associate Professor at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Douglas Foster received his BA in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a former newspaper reporter, magazine editor, television correspondent, and documentary producer who now teaches feature writing to graduates and undergraduates while overseeing the Journalism Residency Program in South Africa.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa
ISBN: 0871404788

Liveright. 2012

The most important historical and journalistic portrait to date of a nation whose destiny will determine the fate of a continent.

A brutally honest exposé, After Mandela provides a sobering portrait of a country caught between a democratic future and a political meltdown. Recent works have focused primarily on Nelson Mandela’s transcendent story. But Douglas Foster, a leading South Africa authority with early, unprecedented access to President Zuma and to the next generation in the Mandela family, traces the nation’s entire post-apartheid arc, from its celebrated beginnings under “Madiba” to Thabo Mbeki’s tumultuous rule to the ferocious battle between Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. Foster tells this story not only from the point of view of the emerging black elite but also, drawing on hundreds of rare interviews over a six-year period, from the perspectives of ordinary citizens, including an HIV-infected teenager living outside Johannesburg and a homeless orphan in Cape Town. This is the long-awaited, revisionist account of a country whose recent history has been not just neglected but largely ignored by the West. 8 pages of illustrations

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