Coming to Terms: South Africa's Search for Truth
Coming to Terms is a groundbreaking consideration of a country's attempt to put a troubled history behind it and reach a new stage of development. Martin Meredith takes an unprecedented took into the key cases presented to the commission -- both those involving sensational allegations and well-known figures such as Stephen Biko and Winnie Mandela, and those that deal with the routine violence, injustice, and even torture that shaped the lives of average South Africans. In vivid narrative and dramatic testimony he brings to life many stories of individuals -- heroes, villains, and those who fell uneasily into the grey area in between -- as well as the larger story of a country attempting to move beyond a legacy of violence.Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tina Rosenberg then takes a more global look at how nations must deal with a repressive past, drawing on her own conversations with victims and victimizers in more than a decade of reporting from Latin America, Eastern Europe, South Africa andBosnia. She evaluates the strategies different countries have tried in the name of truth and justice, and looks at controversial international developments that open exciting new possibilities for countries wishing to hold past dictators accountable for their crimes.The only book to offer a complete and even-handed account of the work and the moral issues raised by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Coming to Terms is essential reading for anyone interested in South Africa, human fights, or the evolution of democracy.
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Drawing on his years as a journalist in South Africa, Meredith (Nelson Mandela: A Biography) here analyzes the post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)--the governmental body whose task was to unearth the truth about South Africa's dark and violent past, particularly the gross violations of human rights that took place from 1960 to 1994. (Pulitzer Prize winner Rosenberg adds a global overview explaining how various countries in Latin American and Eastern Europe as well as South Africa have addressed past political repression.) The book is a well-written if depressing account of perpetrators, atrocious crimes, and victims. "The depth of the depravity was breathtaking" recalled Archbishop Desmond Tutu, chair of the TRC. There are no endnotes or resource listings, but as the first book to deal with the work and moral issues raised by the TRC, it deserves a close examination by scholars interested in South Africa or Human Rights.--Edward G. McCormack, Univ. of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Lib., Long Beach ...
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The book offered a good understanding of what went on during the TRC hearings and gave insight into what the actual trials were like. However, it wasn't until the final chapter when it was actually ...
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