A Rainbow in the Night : the Tumultuous Birth of South Africa
- New York : Perseus Books Group, 2009.
- Physical description
- 1 online resource (320 pages)
- Lapierre, Dominique.
- CONTENTS; AUTHOR'S NOTE ix; MAPS x; PART ONE In Search of a New Promised Land 1; PART TWO The Prime Minister's Bulldozers 73; PART THREE Helen and Chris:Two Lights in the Darkness 129; PART FOUR "God Bless Africa" 179; EPILOGUE 237; APPENDIXES 243; IMAGE CREDITS 267; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 269; INDEX 271.
In 1652 a small group of Dutch farmers landed on the southernmost tip of Africa. Sent by the powerful Dutch India Company, their mission was simply to grow vegetables and supply ships rounding the cape. The colonists, however, were convinced by their strict Calvinist faith that they were among God's Â Elect, " chosen to rule over the continent. Their sagaÂ bloody, ferocious, and ferventÂ would culminate three centuries later in one of the greatest tragedies of history: the establishment of a racist regime in which a white minority would subjugate and victimize millions of blacks. Called apartheid, it was a poisonous system that would only end with the liberation from prison of one of the moral giants of our time, Nelson Mandela.A Rainbow in the Night is Dominique Lapierre's epic account of South Africa's tragic history and the heroic men and womenÂ famous and obscure, white and black, European and AfricanÂ who have, with their blood and tears, brought to life the country that is today known as the Rainbow Nation.
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- Publication date
- 9780786745845 (electronic bk.)
- 0786745843 (electronic bk.)