Product Description 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 Africaâs ruling African National Congress in January 2012. Â âA history that is both accurate and authentic, written in a delightful literary style.ââArchbishop Desmond Tutu Â Â Review "Lynn Beratâs brilliant addition to Leonard Thompsonâs superlative history takes the reader on a riveting tour of twenty-first century South Africa in all its triumph and tragedy."âCindy Kaplan, Committed Artists of South Africa About the Author Leonard Thompson was Charles J. StillÃ© Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University. Lynn Berat is an internationally renowned expert on southern African law and legal history who worked closely with Thompson on previous editions of A History of South Africa.