540pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016
A collection of writings by friends, cabinet ministers, advisers, ambassadors, comrades, support staff, journalists, African leaders, and academics that celebrate Thabo Mbeki and assess his contribution to post-apartheid South Africa, Africa and the international community.
Forewords by Barney Afako and Mahmood Mamdani. Contributors include Brigalia Bam, Olusegun Obasanjo, Essop Pahad, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Aziz Pahad, Alex Erwin, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Frank Chikane, Wiseman Nkuhlu, Joel Netshitenzhe, Dumisani Kumalo, Mongane Wally Serote, Smuts Ngonyama, Bheki Khumalo, Miranda Strydom, Albie Sachs, Ben Turok, Willie Esterhuyse, Chris Landsberg, and many others.
"This collection presents a combination of personal and political accounts of Thabo Mbeki, his passage from youth to manhood, from political apprenticeship under Oliver Tambo to the presidency of South Africa, and his fall from that dizzy height." Mahmood Mamdani