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20 Years On: Why Did It Take a Prisoner to Bring Down Apartheid?

The 20th anniversary of the end of South Africa's despised apartheid regime falls on April 27. It came about in a surprising way: not by violence or revolution, 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...

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