Still, the reader can’t help feeling there’s just too much of it — 300 pages in small type.
One needs a magnifying glass to read the links (and Davis’s quoted out-of-office auto-reply when she was in court covering the Oscar Pistorius trial). There’s too much detail, too much political background; do we need, even in the context of his passing, a full summary of Mandela’s political history going back to the 1940s? There are also infelicities that speak of a rushed edit: staff members are “ingratiated” instead of “integrated”, for instance, and there’s a muddled metaphor about EFF leader Julius Malema, nails and a coffin.
But then Malema usually generates confusion.