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Tomorrow Is Another Country: The Inside Story of South Africa's Negotiated Revolution
Tomorrow Is Another Country: The Inside Story of South Africa's Negotiated Revolution
By Allister Sparks
Hill and Wang, 1995, 254 pp

Portions of this riveting book by a senior South African journalist originally appeared in The New Yorker in early 1994. Based on interviews with the key players on both sides, the book reveals extensive secret talks between the South African government and the African National Congress over the five years preceding the authorization of the ANC and release of Nelson Mandela in February 1990. The more complex but better-known part of the transition story (from February 1990 to the April 1994 election of a government of national unity) is recounted more briefly but also contains some previously undisclosed information, for example details concerning the aborted secession plot by white right-wingers in March 1994 out of the Bophuthatswana homeland.