The Mind Of South Africa

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The Mind Of South Africa

By Allister Sparks
Knopf, 1990
424 pp. $24.95
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The distinguished former editor of the liberal Rand Daily Mail attempts to cover "the full complexity of South Africa's long racial conflict, looking into the forces of history and culture and circumstances." Although one may cavil at unqualified generalizations in this episodic and fascinating survey, Sparks largely succeeds in what is now the most illuminating book on South Africa available to the general reader. Unlike many of his fellow liberals he has risked "the leap of faith involved in committing oneself to the principle of majority rule." He writes with optimism, emphasizing African values of communalism and the strength of nonracialism in protest politics, and concluding with the prediction that "the year 2000 will see the birth of a new nonracial South Africa."

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