Review by Choice Review
Apartheid in South Africa is an issue about which everyone has an opinion, but too few have a full grasp of the complex facts: there is far too much information for the student or concerned citizen to assemble and sort out. Kalley's bibliography succeeds in its aim to "provide the user with a representative selection on all aspects of the South African issue." Its 1,123 citations to books and articles cover the last 30 years, with emphasis on the last decade. They are arranged alphabetically by main entry, with clear and thoughtful annotations. Indexes by author (including editors, second authors, and authors mentioned in contents notes) and subject make the work easy to use. Broad subjects such as "blacks" are sensibly subdivided so that a user is not confronted by a page of citation numbers. A list of journals cited is included and each journal is also described in a separate entry, with full bibliographic information, as well as an annotation. The author is eminently well qualified to compile such a massive and ambitious work, having produced a dozen or more authoritative bibliographies on South Africa for the South African Institute of International Affairs. The selection of citations is sound, providing researchers of varying sophistication the necessary guide to a massive and confusing literature. The tone is quiet and neutral, allowing the subject matter to speak for itself. Kalley's work complements N.M. Stultz's South Africa (CH, Jul'89) and should join it in every reference collection.
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