A Rainbow in the Night by Dominique Lapierre
The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa

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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.


About Dominique Lapierre

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Lapierre donates half his royalties to support humanitarian causes in India.
Published November 3, 2009 by Da Capo Press. 320 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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Among the heroes in the narrative are Helen Lieberman, a white woman, the so-called Mother Teresa of South Africa, who aided blacks in the most dangerous circumstances imaginable, and Nelson Mandela, who, after his release from prison, reached out to whites in an effort to unify the country.

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Summary: An interesting and well-researched account of South African history from 1652 to 1994.

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The history of South Africa is largely the story of apartheid-the political subjugation and persecution of the non-white population-which became national policy in 1948, but which had its roots in Holland’s colonial presence.

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