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Book Title: A Rainbow in the Night: The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa|
Date of issue: January 1st 2010
ISBN 13: 9781433291623
The author of the book: Dominique Lapierre
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 332 KB
Edition: Findaway World
Read full description of the books A Rainbow in the Night: The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa:This is an accessible history of South Africa written by a well-known French journalist. The history is more complex than I thought. I found myself sympathetic to the Dutch traders and farmers in the 17th and 18th centuries sought their fortune—and a quasi-religious calling—to settle what seemed to be a largely unpopulated region of southern Africa. After centuries of harrowing battles with Zulus, the British, other Dutchmen and natural disasters, these “Afrikaner” country bumpkins trek around this area bringing their own racialized Calvinism as an ideological shield. Asserting they are the true “South Africans” these scary bullies perceive the British, Asians, Indians, and certainly blacks, as interlopers and aliens. By 1948, after training in Nazi Germany, the white leaders create a totalitarian police state based on the Bible, white supremacy and a laughable, cruel race science. This is not the only book you should read about South Africa but it will serve as a compelling overview.
Read information about the authorDominique Lapierre was born in Châtelaillon-Plage, Charente-Maritime, France. At the age of thirteen, he travelled to America with his father who was a diplomat (Consul General of France). He attended the Jesuit school in New Orleans and became a paper boy for the New Orleans Item. He developed interests in travelling, writing and cars.
He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award in the 2008 Republic Day honours list.
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