The Mirror at Midnight: A South African Journey

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History lies heavily on South Africa, and Adam Hochschild brings to bear a lifetime's familiarity with the country in an eye-opening work that blends history and reportage. Hochschild looks at the tensions of modern South Africa through a dramatic prism: the pivotal nineteenth-century Battle of Blood River -- which determined whether the Boers or the Zulus would control that part of the world -- and its contentious commemoration by rival groups 150 years later. This incisive book offers an unusual window onto a society that remains divided. In his epilogue, Hochschild extends his view to the astonishing political changes that have occurred in the country in recent years -- and the changes yet to be made.

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"Adam Hochschild is the most astute yet disarming of travelers. Through the prism of a strangely special personal relationship with South Africa, his is far more than an outsider's perception of the drama of our country. Read him, in particular, to understand the rise of white extremism which is threatening the democratic vision of the African National Congress and its allied progressive constituency among people of all colors. One of his own observations serves best to sum up what he captures so graphically throughout his book: this is 'South Africa caught naked.'" --Nadine Gordimer

"When I saw The Mirror at Midnight I groaned and said, 'Oh dear, not another instant "American expert" on South Africa'; but I was happily disabused of my disillusionment, be- cause this is a good book for anyone who wants a succinct and precise account of how this fascinating country has got where it is. Adam Hochschild has a perceptive insight into the workings of the minds of black, white, coloured and Indian South Africans and has woven contemporary and historical events skillfully. This is a book I recommend warmly." --Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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ADAM HOCHSCHILD is the author of seven books. King Leopold's Ghost was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as was his recent To End All Wars. His Bury the Chains was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and PEN USA Literary Award. He lives in Berkeley, California.


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