Tomorrow Is Another Country

Paperback | July 1, 1996

byAllister Sparks

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When its two principal actors, Nelson Mandela and F. W. de Klerk, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, the world celebrated a shared ideal of peace and respect for human rights. But behind the famous journey that brought these historic adversaries together lies an even more dramatic story, which Allister Sparks reveals in a gripping narrative that begins four years before Mandela's release from prison in February 1990. Secret meetings between senior government officials and their most famous political prisoner began in 1986; there followed the decision of the fiercely Afrikaner Broederbond, a secret and powerful brotherhood, to abandon apartheid and open clandestine negotiations with the African National Congress; South African intelligence agents slipped undercover to Switzerland to negotiate terms for a new multi-racial government. The friendships that amazingly evolved made all the difference when South Africa struggled through the next years of multi-party negotiations and bloody political conflict. Sparks's brilliant - and news-breaking - analysis shows how a chain of crises affected political progress in those years; why violence flourished and whether the government was complicitous in it; what the new roles of Buthelezi and the Communist Joe Slovo became. He concludes with a superb assessment of "ten reasons for optimism" about South Africa under its first truly democratic government.

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This book is an extraordinary account from South Africa's premier journalist of the negotiating process that led to majority rule. Tomorrow Is Another Country tells the story of the behind-the-scenes collaborations that started in 1985 with an astonishing series of secret jailhouse meetings between Kobie Coetsee, then minister of justi...

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When its two principal actors, Nelson Mandela and F. W. de Klerk, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, the world celebrated a shared ideal of peace and respect for human rights. But behind the famous journey that brought these historic adversaries together lies an even more dramatic story, which Allister Sparks reveals in a gripping...

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This book is an extraordinary account from South Africa's premier journalist of the negotiating process that led to majority rule. Tomorrow Is Another Country tells the story of the behind-the-scenes collaborations that started in 1985 with an astonishing series of secret jailhouse meetings between Kobie Coetsee, then minister of justi...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:261 pages, 8.56 × 5.6 × 0.63 inPublished:July 1, 1996Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226768554

ISBN - 13:9780226768557

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsPrologue. The Tale of the Trout Hook 1: On the Banks of the Rubicon 2: Tennis Court Diplomacy 3: Four Years of Secret Talks 4: A Prisoner at Large 5: Tying the Shoelaces 6: An Underground Rescue 7: The Old Era Ends 8: The Calling of De Klerk 9: The Spooks Move In 10: The Negotiations Begin 11: A Chain of Crises 12: Behind the Violence 13: The Roelf and Cyril Show 14: The Battle of Bop 15: Another Country Epilogue. Confronting the Ghosts Addendum Index

From Our Editors

This book is an extraordinary account from South Africa's premier journalist of the negotiating process that led to majority rule. Tomorrow Is Another Country tells the story of the behind-the-scenes collaborations that started in 1985 with an astonishing series of secret jailhouse meetings between Kobie Coetsee, then minister of justice, and his prisoner, Nelson Mandela. Within a year clandestine negotiations involved senior government officials, intelligence agents, and representatives of the outlawed African National Congress; they met secretly in a hospital room, the Palace Hotel in Lucerne, Switzerland, a fishing hideaway, even a gamepark lodge. All the while, President F. W. de Klerk assured his constituent that white rule would stay. Sparks shows how the key players, who began with little reason to trust one another, developed friendships that later made it possible for them to work together to end apartheid. He concludes with a vivid assessment of the problems facing South Africa in the new era.