Nelson Mandela was a patriarch, Thabo Mbeki a princeling. Jacob Zuma, South Africa's new president, is purely a politician.
Two new books explore the states of wonder and mortification evoked by baseball.
In a posthumously published memoir, Ryszard Kapuscinski looks back on his life as a pathbreaking literary journalist who covered the Third World during the cold war.
Two new books on the AIDS epidemic in Africa suggest that the best treatment may be found in the continent's own social movements.
As Asian countries grow in economic power, Africa lags behind the developed world. Can it ever catch up? Will corruption, geography and disease continue to hold it back?
Andrew Rice covered commercial real estate development for the New York Observer from 2000 until 2002.