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In Sight of Surrender: The U.S. Sanctions Campaign Against South Africa, 1946-1993
In Sight of Surrender: The U.S. Sanctions Campaign Against South Africa, 1946-1993
By Les de Villiers
Praeger, 1995, 224 pp

There are no surprises in this competent but unexciting account of the American sanctions movement by a former South African diplomat. We learn nothing about internal policy debates on the South African side, nor does the author offer any analysis of the economic impact of sanctions on Pretoria, apart from highlighting the "devastating" blow dealt by the withdrawal of U.S. bank loans in mid-1985. The presentation of antiapartheid politics on the American side also lacks behind-the-scenes depth. Ultimately the book's contribution lies in its verdict that, politically motivated denials notwithstanding, American sanctions were "a major force for political change in South Africa" and "significantly dictated the form, substance, timing, and pace of reform."