The FM’s holiday reading roundup

Whether staycation or vacation, time off means time to read. Here are our recommendations to ensure your selections are rewarding

SARAH BUITENDACH: Homegrown reading highpoints

If you’re looking for your next great read, the international book lists are good, but local reads are even better

BOOK REVIEW: Revealing the real Martin Luther King Jr

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

BOOK REVIEW | Legends: People Who Changed South Africa

In our national slough of despondency, we sometimes forget the heroes without whom South Africa would be even worse off than it is

Elon Musk: behind the billionaire bully

Walter Isaacson’s biography of magnate and inventor Elon Musk is certainly worth a read, though you can’t help but feel he could have done so much more with ...

BOOK REVIEW: The Big Con – putting the con in consulting

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: Biography of a beverage

Bottled: How Coca-Cola Became African tells the story of the behemoth on the continent, as catalyst both for capitalism and for change

In conversation with Sara Byala

Coca-Cola as the epitome of elite capitalism: probing an Africanist historian’s view

BOOK REVIEW: Foreign Bodies – of vaccines and antivaxxers

A new book by historian Simon Schama explains the heroic history of vaccines — and why so many people loathe their development

Talking space with Tim Marshall

The current affairs commentator and author discusses science, technology and material gains from space, and space as a geopolitical battleground

Look to the stars to understand the future of humankind

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

In conversation with Simon Sebag Montefiore

The author shares his thoughts on hybridity, human nature and why historians don’t give good advice

BOOK REVIEW: High-octane history, told in short stories

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 ...

Harry Oppenheimer: Balancing Anglo’s apartheid ledger

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

BOOK REVIEW: How humanity ends (or keeps going)

The premise of William MacAskill’s book is simple: what we do now will have enormous consequences for multitudes

The FM’s top books for the festive season

We pick five notable new reads to entertain, edify and surprise you during your break from the office