Book Review: ‘Reader’s Digest Illustrated History of South Africa’

(This book review was originally published in the New York City Tribune on Wednesday, August 2, 1989, before the release of Nelson Mandela from prison and the legalization of anti-apartheid political groups such as the ANC, and five years before South Africa’s first multiracial, democratic elections.) RICHARD SINCERE An Outstanding Work Condemned to Obsolescence by …

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Book Review: ‘A History of South Africa’ by Leonard Thompson

This review first appeared in Volume 1, Number 1, of terra nova (Summer [North] Winter [South] 1991). Is Past Really Prologue? South Africa’s New Era Richard E. Sincere, Jr. A History of South Africa by Leonard Thompson. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990), 288 pp., illustrated, $29.95 cloth. The apartheid era of South African history has …

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Book Review: ‘South Africa: Revolution or Reconciliation?’

This book review first appeared in the New York City Tribune on August 10, 1988.  Historical note:  author Walter Kansteiner later became Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the administration of George W. Bush (2001-05). RICHARD SINCERE Reconciliation the Key Word In Hopeful Book On Troubled South Africa South Africa: Revolution or Reconciliation?, …

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Book Review: ‘Conflict and Peacemaking in Multiethnic Societies’ edited by Joseph V. Montville

(This book review appeared originally in the New York City Tribune on Tuesday, March 13, 1990.) BOOKS / RICHARD SINCERE People in Conflict: Ethnic Loyalties Versus The Need to Govern  Conflict and Peacemaking in Multiethnic Societies, edited by Joseph V. Montville, Lexington Books, $58.95, 559 pp. Since World War II, political scientists have asserted that …

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Capsule Review: ‘Asmara: Africa’s Secret Modernist City’

There is a hidden gem in Africa, a city-size museum in the unlikeliest place: the capital of Eritrea. In Asmara: Africa’s Secret Modernist City (Merrell Publishers, 2003, $65.00), authors Edward Denison, Guang Ya Ren, and Naigzy Gebremedhin have produced a coffee table book that is far more than a collection of pretty pictures. Long an …

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