By Dominique Lapierre
A Rainbow within the Night is Dominique Lapierre’s epic account of South Africa’s tragic heritage and the heroic males and women—famous and vague, white and black, ecu and African—who have, with their blood and tears, dropped at existence the rustic that's at the present time referred to as the Rainbow Nation.
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