Books: Cries of The Beloved Country

THE MIND OF SOUTH AFRICA by Allister Sparks; Knopf; 448 pages; $24.95

JANUARY SUN by Richard Stengel; Simon & Schuster; 202 pages; $19.95

MY TRAITOR'S HEART by Rian Malan; Atlantic Monthly; 349 pages; $19.95

Three million years ago, humanity was born in East Africa. Last February it was reborn in South Africa. More than one man was liberated when Nelson Mandela stepped into the sunlight; an entire nation appealed for release from the prison of apartheid.

Allister Sparks, a white journalist, was born and raised in that prison, and his authoritative work -- one of three investigations into South Africa being...

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