Biography of a People
Gilliomee writes a convincing book about Afrikaner identity and history, a must have for scientists researching the topic. I can recommend the book without hesitation.
A book to welcome ... it includes an account of the origins and demise of apartheid that must rank as the most sober, objective and comprehensive we have. -- J. M. Coetzee, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature Magisterial... The strength of the book lies in [Giliomee's] distillation of a lifetime's research and reflection into a single prodigious volume. -- The Economist This crowning work by one of South Africa's most prominent social scientists is likely to become a baseline for interpreting Afrikaner history for a long time to come. -- Foreign Affairs There can be no more experienced or honest guide than Hermann Giliomee. -- Charles Van Onselen, winner of the Alan Paton Award For anyone wanting to understand the fascinating history of this people, continuously facing the existential question of survival for 350 years, this is and will remain the indispensable work. -- R.W. Johnson, The Sunday Times
HERMANN GILIOMEE extraordinary Professor of History at the University of Stellenbosch, has written or edited thirteen books, including the Shaping of South African Society; From Apartheid to Nation-Building; The Elusive Search for Peace: South Africa, Israel and Northern Ireland; and The Awkward Embrace: One Party Domination and Democracy in Industrialising Countries. He has been a regular columnist in South African newspapers for the past twenty years, and is the leading authority on Afrikaner history.