A seminal study of South Africa in the wake of the Soweto uprising in 1976. The book examines the state of white and black politics and probes the mentality of the ruling Afrikaner minority government as its grand strategy of apartheid is buffeted by black rebellion and mounting foreign pressure.
“John de St. Jorre has attempted something enormously ambitious-to produce a concise and yet comprehensive survey of South Africa’s problems and prospects at a time when the pace of change makes firm judgments increasingly risky. The result is a highly readable book which takes positions on many of the tough questions.”
Chester Crocker, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC. (Later Assistant Secretary of State for Africa.)
“… a superb book on a subject of profound importance and fascination. The author avoids the clichés of liberal scorn and helps us to understand why people act as they do.”
Anthony Lewis, The New York Times
[New York & Washington DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1977]