A Rainbow in the Night

A Rainbow in the Night

The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa

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"A Rainbow in the Night" is Lapierre's epic account of South Africa's tragic history and the heroic men and women--famous and obscure, white and black--who have, with their blood and tears, brought to life the country that is today known as the Rainbow Nation.

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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 ?Elect,” chosen to rule over the continent. Their saga?bloody, ferocious, and fervent?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 women?famous and obscure, white and black, European and African?who have, with their blood and tears, brought to life the country that is today known as the Rainbow Nation.



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French journalist and humanitarian Lapierre has authored and co-authored several New York Times bestsellers, including Is Paris Burning?, O Jerusalem, Freedom at Midnight, and The City of Joy. In his latest text, he provides a fascinating account of the human element in the history of South Africa, from the first Dutch settlers in the mid 1600s to the election of Nelson Mandela in 1994. The text is based on extensive personal research and contains much information that has not been previously published. Originally published in French as Un arc-en-ciel dans la nuit in 2008; English translation provided by British translator, Kathryn Spink. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A 350-year history of South Africa traces the mid-seventeenth-century influence of Dutch Calvinist farmers sent to colonize the cape region, through the birth of the racist regime that established the apartheid system, to the emergence of Nelson Mandela. By the best-selling author of The City of Joy.
Provides an account of South Africa's tragic history and the heroic men and women who have, with their blood and tears, brought to life the country that is today known as the Rainbow Nation.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Da Capo Press, 2009
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed
ISBN: 9780306818479
9780306818820
Characteristics: 288 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Moro, Javier 1955-
Spink, Kathryn

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athena14
Apr 20, 2017

Fine book, as far as I could read it, but this volume has mildew.

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