From Publishers Weekly
Lelyveld, who was a New York Times correspondent in South Africa, examines that country's racial policies and their devastating effects in this Pulitzer Prizewinning account. He maintains that South Africans and foreigners who believe in the reform process display "substantial elements of duplicity,deceit, faulty assumptions and purposeful blindness." PW called this"a book of power and compassion."
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From Library Journal
Readers of the New York Times know Lelyveld's excellent reporting from South Africa in the 1960s and 1980s. This book is a collection of his insights and experiences from those periods. Aimed at the general reader, it is a su perb introduction to South Africa today and is essential for community librar ies. It parallels James North's recent Freedom Rising ( LJ 5/1/85) but is gen erally better. Lelyveld's access to im portant people is broader, and his writ ing style is more colorful. On the neg ative side, Lelyveld's structure is un clear, and the excellent anecdotes can obscure the point of a chapter. There is no historical introduction but essential history is integrated throughout. While not really optimistic, Lelyveld leaves us with two stories that indicate some hope for a peaceful future. John Grot peter, Political Science Dept., St. Lou is Coll. of
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