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

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1997 - History - 303 pages
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The peaceful birth of black majority rule in South Africa was a transcendent moment. Many South Africans believe this negotiated revolution to be a miracle: at the very least it was a feat of political magic. One false step along the way could have ignited the race war that had been widely predicted as South Africa's destiny. Patti Waldmeir's colorful and incisive narrative begins with the birth of apartheid itself, and traces the very human drama that brought about its demise. It is the story of a grand seduction, a study in the psychology of capitulation, which ends with the inauguration of the world's most famous prisoner as president of a new country, and the creation of a new, rainbow nation. The author was present at nearly every critical moment during the endgame of apartheid, and we see all the principal actors - Nelson Mandela, F. W. de Klerk, Chief Buthelezi, and the militants of the extreme right - through the eyes of a journalist who knows them personally. She captures the good sense and the violence of these times, and illuminates the forces of history, economics, demographics, and morality that shaped the human drama. Few journalists have known South Africa so long or so well as Patti Waldmeir. This book draws on her conversations with presidents past and present and on her eyewitness accounts of township violence, guerrilla actions, and brutal "necklaces". She reports from inside a political process without precedent, in which both blacks and whites have achieved their liberation.
  

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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

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In 1985, when a white government minister began secret visits to Nelson Mandela in a prision hospital, the artful black leader was in a good position to negotiate. He had used his 27 years in prison ... Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
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
Siamese Twins
156
The Third Man and the Third Force
168
Rollercoaster Revolution
191
The Darkest Hour
206
The End of History
221
is Battling for the Right
237
Bake Bread Not Slogans
252
LIFE AFTER APARTHEID
263

Why the Boers Gave It All Away
108
The Great Leap
142

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Waldmeir is a Washington, DC based journalist.

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