Future Tense (Paperback)
Reflections on my Troubled Land South Africa
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‘Tony Leon is not only an experienced politician but also a talented writer, and this book is the highly readable result of that combination.’ – Lord William Hague, former British Foreign Secretary and Conservative Party leader
‘Anyone who wants to understand South Africa today – a country so beautiful, yet so broken – simply has to read this book.’ – Niall Ferguson, author of The Ascent of Money
In his riveting new book, Future Tense, Tony Leon captures and analyses recent South African history, with a focus on the squandered and corrupted years of the past decade. With unique access and penetrating insight, Leon presents a portrait of today’s South Africa and prospects for its future, based on his political involvement over thirty years with the key power players: Cyril Ramaphosa, Jacob Zuma, Thabo Mbeki, Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk. His close-up and personal view of these presidents and their history-making, and many encounters in the wider world, adds vivid colour of a country and planet in upheaval.
Written during the first coronavirus lockdown, Future Tense examines the surge of the disease and the response, both of which have crashed the economy and its future prospects.
As the founding leader of the Democratic Alliance, Leon also provides an insider view for the first time of the power struggles within that party, which saw the exit of its first black leader in 2019.
There is every reason to fear for the future of South Africa but, as Leon argues, ‘the hope for a better country remains an improbable, but not an impossible, dream’.
TONY LEON is the author of five books and is the longest serving leader of the official opposition in the Parliament of South Africa since the advent of democracy. He served afterward as South African Ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. A qualified attorney and Constitutional Law lecturer, Leon served for twenty years as Member of Parliament and played a leading role in the constitutional negotiations which birthed modern South Africa. He is chairman of Resolve Communications and lives in Cape Town.