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Follow South Africa's journey to freedom with a selection of the best of the country's writing. Here we present the winners of the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for nonfiction since 1994, which includes two Nelson Mandela biographies, The Long Walk to Freedom and Anthony Sampson's authorised portrait.
Just how miraculous was SA's transition from apartheid to democracy? How close did we come to civil war? Check out our press clipping snapshots of the 72 days leading up to Nelson Mandela's inauguration as President in 1994 - and see how heavily the odds were stacked against the rainbow nation.