Carien du Plessis is one of South Africa's most respected journalists. She writes for The Huffington Post, The Mail & Guardian, and City Press.
'This wide-ranging, topical introduction to contemporary South Africa, by two senior journalists, provides shrewd and lucid political analysis for those wishing to acquaint themselves with the country's manifold complexities, as well as a sound reading of South African history. Recommended.' -- Saul Dubow, Smuts Professor of Commonwealth History, University of Cambridge 'A timely book offering a window into the soul of South Africa through examining the historical, socio-political and economic issues that have shaped and continue to mould the country. Highly recommended for anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of South Africa.' -- Ndangwa Noyoo, Associate Professor and Head of the Social Development Department, University of Cape Town 'An appealing, necessary and crucial evaluation of a country under stress, explaining - with maturity and integrity - the worth of diversity and the pain of division, and the need to think more carefully about economic and political institutions that create poverty, violence, and disillusionment.' -- Toyin Falola, Professor of African Studies and Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities, University of Texas at Austin