They cannot kill us all : an eyewitness account of South Africa today /
Richard Manning.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1987.
xv, 255 p. : maps ; 22 cm.
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Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1987.
0395437814 :
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"A Peter Davison book."
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-02:
A timely, convincing look at the land of apartheid by a former Newsweek correspondent who was expelled from that country in mid-1986. For nine months, Manning was a keen observer and shrewd interviewer who managed to provoke very revealing commentary. His report is unsparingly penetrating; it exposes the hard, history-obsessed Afrikaners' determination to maintain their power indefinitely, the decadence and hypocrisy of an all-but-irrelevant English sector, and the murderous rage of urban black youth. Here is an effective counter to both the white government's propaganda and its effort to check the flow of embarrassing information to the outside world. Foreigners confused by the internecine feuding among blacks that produces ``necklace'' burnings will find the book quite enlightening. It is a chilling statement that should be read by all Americans who seek the truth about South Africa. Recommended for all libraries.-L.E. Meyer, Moorhead State University
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1987-08-14:
Newsweek's ousted bureau chief in Johannesburg describes the tender as well as the vengeful, spiteful side of the Afrikaners, the ``strange and hopeless world'' of the Anglos, the elusive black leadership, the growing violence and brutality of black slum children and the forthrightness of Winnie Mandela and Desmond Tutu . When an Anglo banker asked Archbishop Tutu what concerned liberal businessmen could do to help in the struggle, Tutu replied: ``Stop paying taxes. Stop supporting this cruel and immoral regime with your money.'' Manning believes that despite their differences, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan strengthened apartheid, and that in less than six years, through his ``constructive engagement,'' Reagan destroyed a quarter-century of good will toward the U.S. in black South Africa. A painful, tragic book. (September 25)
Appeared in Library Journal on 1987-11-01:
Manning was Newsweek 's correspondent in Johannesburg for nine months until kicked out in July 1986. Although there have been other popular works about South Africa published recently, notably Graham Leach's South Africa ( LJ 7/86) and Brain Lapping's Apartheid ( LJ 4/15/87), this book is recommended as well because, rather than attempting a systematic description, it details the author's day-to-day encounters and reactions. Readers will feel they too have experienced first-hand the anguish of apartheid. This book, fascinating and disturbing, paints a picture of both black and white South Africa, while offering perspectives on averting all-out civil war. Paul H. Thomas, Hoover Inst. Lib., Stanford, Cal.
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Publishers Weekly, August 1987
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Library Journal, November 1987
Choice, February 1988
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