Fighting Years: Black Resistance And The Struggle For A New South Africa

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Fighting Years: Black Resistance And The Struggle For A New South Africa

By Steven Mufson
Beacon Press, 1990
376 pp. $24.95
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This book by a former Johannesburg correspondent of The Wall Street Journal is a lively and intelligent contribution to the history of South Africa's transformation in the 1980s. Focusing entirely on the underreported black resistance efforts, the author takes the reader into the nooks of antiapartheid politics and describes with admirable objectivity what he saw and heard there. Enough of the larger national scene is sketched in to add context to the mass of detail that illuminates everything from township theater, trade unions and black management cadets in the Anglo-American Corporation to the military tactics of the African National Congress and the leadership rivalries of the United Democratic Front.

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