Extract of review by John W. Harbeson (City University of New York) in Africa Today Vol. 53 No. 3 / Spring 2007 pp. 122-3:
"Atypically for an edited volume, the chapters are uniformly insightful and thorough in marshalling existing evidence to bear on the problem of postpresidencies in African countries, many of them newly democratic and still weak states."
Extract from review by Bruce Baker (Coventry University, UK) in Democratization Vol. 13 Issue 5 (December 2006):
"If you want proof that many African presidents do not understand or want to understand the nature of democracy, here it is... this is a book full of important and practical issues for democracy in Africa and in particular for regime change, presidential succession, and the role of ex-presidents."
Extract from review by Moudjib Djinadou (Visiting UN Fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand) in Poitikon Vol. 33 Issue 2 (November 2006):
"This essay is not just about presidential succession(s) in Africa, but also offers valuable insights on the circustances and the philosophy that leads to accessions and quitting of power by some of those whose names have been inextricably linked to unlimited power the 'African way' over the last 50 years. The 12 chapters by various authors straddle the iconic leadership of South African President Nelson Mandela, to the controversial presidency of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe."
Extract from review by Nicolas van de Walle in Foreign Affairs May/Jun 2006, Vol. 85, Issue 3:
"One of the consequences of democratization in Africa is the emergence of former heads of state--those who have been defeated at the polls or have fallen victim to term limits. Between 1990 and 2004, 15 African presidents lost an election, and 17 retired voluntarily. This interesting volume asks what has happened to these ex-presidents and what has been their impact on national politics."
Extract from review by Jan Kees van Donge (Institute of Social Studies) in Development and Change Vol. 38 Issue 4 pp.784-6:
"This book provides rich pickings for those interested in African politics, and it also offers important inputs to theorizing about political development and comparative politics. The book can be seen as an example of contemporary history writing, and such writing is important to understand African politics."
Extract from review by John Cartwright (University of Western Ontario) in the Canadian Journal of African Studies 41:2 (2007) pp.370-3:
“In this cautionary balancing of an ideal with the claims of an imperfect world, the authors provide food for thought for academics as well as for all political leaders contemplating the possible end of their time in office. This book deserves the attention of anyone concerned with the question of how African countries can best develop democratic control over their rulers.”