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This chapter describes the author’s transformation from consummate activist to the lead American diplomat in South Africa. It had been a long journey for Nelson Mandela, who went from prison to president, but it was no small step for Joseph, who went from anti-apartheid “trouble maker,” once refused a visa, to the personal representative of the president of the United States as the American ambassador. He had been standing outside of Parliament with a Free Mandela sign when F. W. de Klerk announced that Mandela was set free, but he had a front-row seat as Nelson Mandela led the reconciliation efforts that surprised the world. There is also an examination of the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the American role in helping to build a new South Africa.

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