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Why Did It Take a Prisoner to Bring Down Apartheid?

South Africa’s despised apartheid regime ended in a surprising way: not with the type of violence that distinguished the oppressive system, but through compromise and negotiation. Two prominent South Africans who were at the forefront of the discussions -- and on opposite sides of the negotiating table -- say it was the courageous act of one man, Nelson Mandela, that made that possible.   What would lead to the end of apartheid began secretly, with informal talks in the 1980s between...

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