Every South African should read this book especially the post 1994 generation The Companion To Allister Sparks S Award Winning The Mind Of South Africa, This Book Is An Extraordinary Account From South Africa S Premier Journalist Of The Negotiating Process That Led To Majority Rule Tomorrow Is Another Country Retells The Story Of The Behind The Scenes Collaborations That Started With A Meeting Between Kobie Coetsee, Then Minister Of Justice, And Nelson Mandela In By , Negotiations Involved Senior Government Officials, Intelligence Agents, And The African National Congress For The Next Four Years, They Assembled In Places Such As A Gamepark Lodge, The Palace Hotel In Lucerne, Switzerland, A Fishing Hideaway, And Even In A Hospital Room All The While, De Klerk S Campaign Assured White Constituents Nothing Would Change Sparks Shows How The Key Players, Who Began With Little Reason To Trust One Another, Developed Friendships Which Would Later Play A Crucial Role In South Africa S Struggle To End Apartheid A Gripping, Fast Paced, Authoritative Account Of The Long And Mostly Secret Negotiations That Brought South Africa S Bitter Conflict To Its Near Miraculous End Sparks S Description Of These Talks Sometimes Brings A Lump To One S Throat He Shows How The Participants Deep Mutual Suspicion Was Gradually Replaced By Excitement At The Prospect Of Making A Momentous Agreement And Also By The Dawning Realization That The People On The Other Side Were Human Beings, Perhaps Even Decent Human Beings Adam Hochschild, New York Times Book Review A Splendid And Original History Sparks S Skillful Weaving Of Myriad Strands Mandela S Secret Sessions With The Committee, The Clandestine Talks In England Between The African National Congress And The Government, The Back Channel Communications Between Mandela And The ANC In Exile, The Trepidation Of Botha And The Apparent Transformation Of His Successor, De Klerk Possesses The Drama And Intrigue Of A Diplomatic Whodunit Richard Stengel, Time Sparks Offers Many Reasons For Hope, But The Most Profound Of Them Is The Story This Book Tells Jacob Weisberg, Washington Post The Most Riveting Of The Many Accounts That Have Been Published About The End Of Apartheid The Economist the book portrays South Africa and how oppression was implemented. Fast paced fact filled and gripping, polished it off in a day Reads like a political thriller, includes all of the play by play political events involved in the negotiation and work towards South Africa s first free election without the dehumanizing system of apartheid I found some chapters here to have been repeated in Sparks biography of Desmond Tutu, Tutu Authorized.As an American, I was shocked to find the use of the word Spook in a chapter heading and find it offensive and inappropriate no matter whom it is referencing It is disturbing that so many criminals in the security forces who systematically targeted anti apartheid ANC consensus builders received either light sentences, commuted sentences, or had sentences changed later to be abbreviated New details about Mandela include his prodigious memory for names and faces, described here as an index card memory his lack of basic clothing in prison despite the much lauded improved prison cell stories about how much better his treatment became, and a brief mention of prisonmate Mac Maharaj s jailtime transcription and smuggling out of Mandela s memoirs Once again I am astonished of how little of actual conditions of Robben Island cell life is given even in such a liberal book.Certainly a must read for those interested in how minds are changed, how a conscience is awakened, how a democracy can change people. Kind of a South African version of Miracle at Philadelphia The Story of the Constitutional Convention, May to September 1787 in that it relates the issues and difficulties surrounding the creation of a nation s Constitution Of course, the challenges facing South Africans in the 1990 s were vastly different from what the American founders were facing two hundred years earlier.An interesting book, but I may have read too many books recently on a similar subject It covers, from a different perspective, much of the same ground that Nelson Mandela reported on in the final chapters of his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom This was the 16th of 19 consecutive books about Africa that I m reading this year, and the third in a row about the end of apartheid My next book is going to be a light hearted book about a safari guide in Botswana, and it should be a very welcome and much needed change of pace. This is a very good overview of the negotiations that led to the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, and the birth of democratic South Africa It s very easy to read, and covers a lot of detail of who was involved and how and when, but doesn t get bogged down in the details For that reason, this is definitely not a comprehensive overview, but it does cover all the major stuff I really enjoyed reading it.The only thing I was missing, and I sort of expected it, was of a balanced story This one was generally a view of all the subversive and terrible things the apartheid government engaged in during the negotiations and there were many, to be sure , but didn t go into the other side of things hardly at all like the things the ANC and IFP were doing, although the political aspects of IFP did get a decent amount of words So overall, a good addition to all of the books on the transition in South Africa and one of the first, so a very important addition.Definitely recommend it. Fine insight into the events that helped end apartheid Doesn t fall into the trap of glorifying Mandela like what happened in Invictus If I had one gripe it would be that not enough emphasis is put into explaining the exact details of how both the ANC et al and National Party came to an agreement for a new constitution That said, the author, whom often had a dramatic first hand account of the events from this era, analyses virtually all the major and minor key players from the South African Peace Process. Useful for understanding the negotiations process surrounding the end of white minority rule Suprising at times and well documented Provides useful insight concerning the charcter of Nelson Mandela and De Clerk The question this entire book raised for me was if they had known what was going to happen to South Africa, would they have made the settlement I read this book in the midst of many others detailing the end of Apartheid and the end of the freedom struggle It provided an insight but I think suffered from being read amongst a miasma of other information.I felt it provided no special view or knowledge that I had not read somewhere else. Another very important read for anyone interested in the history of South Africa, from the end of Apartheid to the birth of the new country Well documented journalism.
Allister Haddon Sparks was a South African writer, journalist and political commentator He was the editor of The Rand Daily Mail when it broke Muldergate, the story of how the apartheid government secretly funded information projects.Sparks later wrote a number of critically acclaimed books on South Africa s transition from apartheid, including Tomorrow is Another Country 1996 , The Mind of Sout
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