n Journal for Contemporary History - The Zuma years: South Africa's changing face of power, Richard Calland : book review

Volume 39, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



Following his "", published in 2006, Calland's new publication, which, in the author's own words, can be described as a "sequel", is a welcome addition to the literature on contemporary South Africa. is a rather grim reflection on South Africa in 2013, yet it serves as an important record that will aid any researcher or layperson towards a better grasp of the fundamental challenges facing the South African state in 2013.

According to Calland, can be described as a reflection on "a period of intense social transformation in South Africa's history" (p. xiii), "Yet, this is not a history book" (p. 4). A great emphasis is placed on the readability of the text. Key in this regard is the inclusion of endnotes in favour of footnotes, striking a good balance between academic credibility and the accessibility of the work for the layman.

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