Anatomy of A Miracle

Anatomy of A Miracle

The End of Apartheid and the Birth of the New South Africa

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
A chronicle of the evolution from apartheid to Black majority rule in South Africa ranges from a secret 1985 meeting between Nelson Mandela and a white government minister to Mandela's inauguration as president

Norton Pub
One of the most extraordinary political tales of the twentieth century, in which a nation stepped through the looking glass and emerged as the mirror image of its former self. 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 in 1985, with Nelson Mandela in a prison hospital receiving clandestine visits from a white government minister. It ends nearly ten years later with the inauguration of the world's most famous prisoner as president of a new country. The author was present at nearly every critical event in this decade, and we see all the principal actorsMandela, F. W. de Klerk, Chief Buthelezi, and the militants of the extreme rightthrough the eyes of a journalist who knows them all personally. She captures the good sense and the violence of these times, and she 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 eyewitness accounts of township violence, of conversations with presidents past and present, of guerrilla actions, and of brutal "necklaces." She reports from inside a political process without precedent, in which blacks and whites achieved their mutual liberation.

Blackwell North Amer
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.

Baker
& Taylor

A dramatic chronicle of nearly a decade in the evolution from apartheid to black majority rule in South Africa ranges from a secret 1985 meeting between Mandela and a white government minister to Mandela's inauguration as president of a new country. Tour.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 1997.
ISBN: 9780393039979
0393039978
Branch Call Number: 968.064 WAL
Characteristics: xvi, 303 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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