Crossing the Line: A Year in the Land of Apartheid

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William Finnegan's compelling account of a year spent teaching in a colored high school, "across the line," in Cape Town, South Africa brings the irrationality and injustice of apartheid into focus for the American reader. A new preface, written after the author's observation of the historic 1994 elections evaluates the progress made--and not made--toward dismantling the apartheid system.

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"Young Americans could find no better introduction to South Africa than this captivating memoir: the education of William Finnegan, a highly articulate and thoughtful California surfer who taught for a year at a Coloured high school outside Cape Town and hitchhiked around the country. Remarkably, there also emerges an account of the 1980 school boycotts and the complexities of black thinking about resistance that makes the book an original work of value to the academic specialist."--"Foreign Affairs

About the Author:

William Finnegan is a staff writer at the "The New Yorker" and the author of "A Complicated War: The Harrowing of Mozambique" (California, 1992) and "Dateline Soweto" "Travels with Black South African Reporters" (An updated edition will be available from California in 1995).

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