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A Rainbow in the Night: The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa 1st Edition
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The book is quite thorough and writing is excellent. There is one thing that threw me off for a while and that is that it is not written linearly with respect to time, so you have to pay attention to the years that you are reading about. None the less, it's a hard book to put down.
The history is not comprehensive: As the author says in his note, "I did not set out to compile an exhaustive history of South Africa. Rather, I wanted to recount, as accurately as possible, a powerful human epic" (ix). He does exactly that. He recounts the history through people's stories: Christiaan Barnard, who performed the world's first heart transplant (and, shortly thereafter, the first inter-racial heart transplant, in defiance of apartheid); Helen Lieberman, a white speech therapist who worked in poor townships; Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who led the work for reconciliation; Nelson Mandela; Wouter Basson, a doctor who spent his career developing unconventional weapons against blacks (such as poisoned underclothing intended to assassinate Archbishop Tutu (p186-7), various pre-Mandela presidents; and the architects of apartheid.
I was particularly struck by the influence of Nazism in informing the apartheid regime.Read more ›
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Amazing book! Totally recommended specially if you plan to visit South Africa soon or would like to learn more about the country's recent history.Published 11 months ago by David V
A very good book for those wanting to know more about the Boer War and the history of South Africa.Published 18 months ago by Erly C. Teixeira
Well written. Keeps the reader interested. I know so much more about South Africa after reading the book. A great history of how the country became what it is today.Published on September 6, 2013 by Jaynie Christenson
There are many excellent books on South African history. And Domique Lapierre has written some oustanding books. Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by Todd
I can't believe so few people have reviewed this great book! LaPierre is a phenomenal author and I would have thought more people would be reading his stuff. Read morePublished on October 4, 2011 by A. Lennon
Nicely written informative history of a part of the world of which I had little previous understanding. Enjoyable and fast paced.Published on November 2, 2010 by Read more
I wish I had read this book prior to my trip to South Africa. Knowing the history of South Africa would have made my trip even more meaningful. Read morePublished on October 21, 2010 by 923samadams