New Africa Book of the Day – 8 April 2014

A History of South Africa, Fourth Edition by Leonard Thompson (author) and Lynn Berat (editor)

Release Date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: Yale University Press

A magisterial history of South Africa, from the earliest known human inhabitation of the region to the present. Lynn Berat updates this classic text with a new chapter chronicling the first presidential term of Mbeki and ending with the celebrations of the centenary of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress in January 2012.

“A history that is both accurate and authentic, written in a delightful literary style.”—Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“Should become the standard general text for South African history. . . . Recommended for college classes and anyone interested in obtaining a historical framework in which to place events occurring in South Africa today.”—Roger B. Beck, History: Reviews of New Books

Lynn Berat is author of Walvis Bay: Decolonization and International Law (Yale University Press, 1990) and “Customary Law in a New South Africa: A Proposal” (Fordham International Law Journal, 1991). The late Leonard Thompson was Charles J. Stillé Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University and director of the former Yale Southern African Research Program.

A review of the first edition of Thompson’s A History of South Africa may be found here.