Book review: Southern Africa by Stephen Chan

By Patrick Smith
Posted on Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:31

A must-read political and economic history of South Africa and Zimbabwe

Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand South Africa and Zimbabwe’s tortuous political and economic relations, Stephen Chan’s latest book is more an extended essay written with his compelling combination of sharp analysis and eyewitness observation.

He explains the dynamics of the region’s recent history and how it will shape the future in a narrative that examines all the competing political interests without obvious partisanship. That alone sets Chan’s book above so many other works on South Africa under the ANC or Zimbabwe under the ZANU-PF.

Southern Africa: Old Treacheries and New Deceits by 
Stephen Chan is published by 
Yale University Press

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