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Coming to Terms: South Africa's Search for Truth

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Coming to Terms is a groundbreaking consideration of a country's attempts to put a troubled history behind it and reach a new stage of development. Martin Meredith takes an unprecedented look into the key cases presented to the commission - both those involving well-known figures such as Stephen Biko and Winnie Mandela, and those that deal with the routine violence and tor ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Perseus Books Group (first published December 1st 1999)
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This was a very difficult book to read, not because of the level of the prose, which is journalistic, but because of the subject matter, which is horrific. I came away with even more profound respect for the humanity and courage of Desmond Tutu than I had before, which was considerable, but was left with a feeling of ambivalence about the whole affair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which I hadn't expected. Tina Rosenberg's concluding essay only deepened that feeling of ambivalence, r ...more
The book offered a good understanding of what went on during the TRC hearings and gave insight into what the actual trials were like. However, it wasn't until the final chapter when it was actually stated what the outcome of each trial was, and I would have preferred it to have been included right after the case was presented.
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Martin Meredith is a historian, journalist and biographer, and author of many acclaimed books on Africa.

Meredith first worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa for the Observer and Sunday Times, then as a research fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Residing near Oxford, he is now an independent commentator and author.

Meredith’s writing has been described as authoritative and well-documented
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