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5.0 out of 5 stars South Africa: History in an Hour by Anthony Holmes
Had been to see film 'Lincoln' about the emancipation of slavery in the USA which was very thought provoking and, being a South African I thought it would be good to re-read the history of SA from early settlers to eventual end of Apartheid - History in an Hour was excellent for historical content and I was delighted and amazed that all that information could be covered...
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. P. Harris

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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written.
Poorly written and not balanced in terms of the period covered, too much on the last 30 year. Does not explain the background.
Published 6 months ago by A N Jones


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5.0 out of 5 stars South Africa: History in an Hour by Anthony Holmes, 16 Feb 2013
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Had been to see film 'Lincoln' about the emancipation of slavery in the USA which was very thought provoking and, being a South African I thought it would be good to re-read the history of SA from early settlers to eventual end of Apartheid - History in an Hour was excellent for historical content and I was delighted and amazed that all that information could be covered in such a short time, but it was. Excellent.

Would recommend it to anyone who would like to know history of South Africa and has not got the time or inclination to read through history books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good brief overview, 30 Dec 2012
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If you're looking for a quick introduction to South Africa's past them this is the place to start. Not too detailed but enough to give you a foundation from which to understand the nation as it is today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top book for the cloud height overview, 24 Sep 2012
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Kindle edition has photographs

The History in an Hour series is such a great and simple idea you wonder why no-one thought of it before.

The format is the same as the other books in the series with a sweeping overview of the main events in a time period that sweeps from WW2 through to present day. No doubt a South African expert would name events that have been missed out but it certainly covers all the main points, events and double dealings of the white majority.

After the main, very readable, narrative there are brief biographies of the main protagonists in the story.

As ever a great starting point to understand a subject from which you can dive into other, far more detailed, books with an understanding of the grand sweep of history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History in an Hour, 15 Dec 2012
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Love the history in an hour books, informative and quick to read. If you like to read history this is a simple and effective way to get started and highlights which parts interest you most
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, 24 Jun 2014
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An excellent introduction into South Africa's history.
The format is very easy to read and when I finished the book, I couldn't wait to read other history in an hour books.
This is an excellent series and is particularly good for those who would like an overview rather than a detailed knowledge of historical events.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written., 7 Feb 2014
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Poorly written and not balanced in terms of the period covered, too much on the last 30 year. Does not explain the background.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good informative read, 16 Dec 2013
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Well set out, lots of background information. Full time line and who's who for further reference. Hour well spent. Thanks
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4.0 out of 5 stars South Africa- history in an hour, 13 Nov 2013
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I find these 'History in an hour' books very interesting. The contents whilst only superficial, as intended, do give a very good potted version of the subject, which enables the reader, to seek more detailed information on the subject if it interests them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Potted history, 20 July 2013
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This gives a very good history in brief for those who know nothing of it. I now want more detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 12 Jun 2013
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I love all the "In an hour Series"
Recommended reading for anyone with an interest in world affairs.
Also "The Afghanistan Wars" is good
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