These two postmortems on South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission cast doubt on the widely held view, more common outside than inside South Africa, that the exercise was a huge success. The first volume includes four pieces by high-profile critics of the commission and around a dozen responses by commentators, including some members of the commission itself. Meanwhile, Boraine -- the principal figure in the commission's conception and formation -- presents his version of its history and significance. He takes a warts-and-all approach that incorporates frequent swipes at critics -- again including some members of the commission -- whom he regards as ill-informed or ill-intentioned. One effect of all the charges and counter-charges is to peel away South Africa's "rainbow" image and expose its ongoing tense racial and ideological divisions. Truth? Reconciliation? Justice? Amnesty or amnesia? Debates remain hot, but the good news is that bombs and bullets are no longer involved. Moreover, those observers who think that on balance the trc was beneficial will find plenty of intellectual ammunition here. One point of broad consensus is that the government of President Thabo Mbeki has lost credibility by ignoring trc recommendations that victims receive reparations.