n Historia - Victims' voices in their own words
Class of '79: The Story of Three Fellow Students who Risked their Lives to Destroy Apartheid, Janice Warman : book review

Volume 60, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



The role of journalism in the recording and interpretation of history is a source of much interesting discussion. Notable, for example, is the involvement of Antjie Krog during the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, resulting in her much acclaimed work . According to Warman, in setting out the rationale for her own book, ", began ten years earlier in 1999, when I opened my new copy of Antjie Krog's , her excoriating, illuminating, incandescent tale of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission" (p xiii). While both historians and journalists concern themselves with narratives of past events, there is a distinct methodology and set of dynamics to the fruits each bear. It should be noted that sterling contributions are made by journalists every day towards documenting events of historical significance, and despite the different tone that their books often carry, these publications continue to be of historiographical interest and value.

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