This book offers a signal service to the many readers who may have despaired over ever reading their way through the full range of recent literature on South Africa. It represents an easily digestible synthesis of wisdom from dozens of the best-informed observers of South Africa, seasoned with the author's own logical and jargon-free analytical framework. That framework casts Pretoria's options as constrained within a triangle of interacting pressures emanating from economic imperatives, black resistance and international opinion. The principal focus is on pursuit of the government's grand design for the maintenance of white power; few details are included on the concurrent black mobilization for change. Nevertheless, as an overview of the political era immediately preceding negotiations, it is a welcome contribution.