Anatomy of a Miracle: The End of Apartheid and the Birth of the New South Africa

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Rutgers University Press, 1998 - History - 289 pages
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The late 1980s were a dismal time inside South Africa. Mandela's African National Congress was banned. Thousands of ANC supporters were jailed without charge. Government hit squads assassinated and terrorized opponents of white rule. Ordinary South Africans, black and white, lived in a perpetual state of dread. Journalist Patti Waldmeir evokes this era of uncertainty in Anatomy of a Miracle, her comprehensive new book about the stunning and-historically speaking-swift tranformation of South Africa from white minority oligarchy to black-ruled democracy. Much that Waldmeir documents in this carefully researched and elegantly written book has been well reported in the press and in previous books. But what distinguishes her work is a reporter's attention to detail and a historian's sense of sweep and relevance. . . .Waldmeir has written a deeply reasoned book, but one that also acknowledges the power of human will and the tug of shared destiny."-Philadelphia Inquirer
 

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ANATOMY OF A MIRACLE: The End of Apartheid and the Birth of the New South Africa

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A vividly reported, brilliantly analyzed account of apartheid's demise. From their country's earliest days to the apartheid era, white South Africans have shown a perverse genius for making bad ... Read full review

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A very good history of the negotiations between the ANC and the National Party as they ended Apartheid in favor of democracy. The book explains the reasons behind De Klerk's move towards the elections ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue 1
1
PART ONE APARTHEID AGONISTES
5
The Myth of the Monolith
9
The Age of Contradictions
22
To the Rubicon and Beyond
39
PART TWO NEGOTIATED REVOLUTION
59
The Great Seduction
63
Secret Mission
86
The Third Man and the Third Force
153
Rollercoaster Revolution
176
The Darkest Hour
191
The End of History
206
Battling for the Right
222
Bake Bread Not Slogans
237
LIFE AFTER APARTHEID
249
Postscript
273

Why the Boers Gave It All Away
108
The Great Leap
127
Siamese Twins
141
Acknowledgments
281
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