A new biography reminds us of the civil rights icon’s enormous contribution — that he was formidable, heroically human — while not glossing over his flaws
In our national slough of despondency, we sometimes forget the heroes without whom South Africa would be even worse off than it is
The use of consultants in public sector institutions is not without its place — but in their current form, consultancies can be both self-serving and ...
Coca-Cola as the epitome of elite capitalism: probing an Africanist historian’s view
Bottled: How Coca-Cola Became African tells the story of the behemoth on the continent, as catalyst both for capitalism and for change
A new book by historian Simon Schama explains the heroic history of vaccines — and why so many people loathe their development
The current affairs commentator and author discusses science, technology and material gains from space, and space as a geopolitical battleground
A new and complex space race is happening — one that is being shaped by power and politics, writes Tim Marshall in The Future of Geography
The author shares his thoughts on hybridity, human nature and why historians don’t give good advice
Twenty-three ‘acts’, 1,300 pages, 5,000 years — Simon Sebag Montefiore’s The World is an intricate, painstakingly detailed and fascinating ride through the ...
When the TRC called on the mining industry to account for its role in apartheid, Anglo American — as exemplar of the sector — was in the firing line
The premise of William MacAskill’s book is simple: what we do now will have enormous consequences for multitudes
We pick five notable new reads to entertain, edify and surprise you during your break from the office
The cracks in the governing party’s approach to the transition in 1994 are partly behind the economic crisis we sit with today, writes Pieter du Toit in his ...
NoViolet Bulawayo’s latest book, ‘Glory’, portrays Zimbabwe’s post-liberation tragedy in a satire inspired by George Orwell
Philippe Sands’s latest work, about the plight of the dispossessed people of the Chagos Islands, is a blend of political intrigue and legal nuance, with a ...
In Susan Cain's new book, she sets out why embracing the duality of life is the route to happiness
This edited extract from ‘Bekker’s Billions’ reveals how the path to success for SA’s most successful media mogul was anything but certain
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