The Western press promptly forgot all about South Africa after Nelson Mandela assumed the presidency. The commissars of allowable opinion pretend atrocities have not been taking place, and smear anyone who mentions them. Ilana Mercer will have none of the lies and omissions of the commissars and the cowards. For the sake of white and black South Africans alike, her compelling account deserves a wide and sympathetic audience.
Ilana Mercer’s Into the Cannibal’s Pot is an unusual book. Yet it is unusual in the best sense of the word. At once autobiographical and political; philosophical, historical, and practical; controversial and commonsensical, Cannibal succeeds in weaving into a seamless whole a number of distinct modes of thought. This is no mean feat. In fact, its author richly deserves to be congratulated for scoring an achievement of the highest order, for in the hands of less adept thinkers, this ensemble of voices would have fast degenerated into a cacophony. ... By the grace of Mercer’s pen, in stark contrast, it is transformed into a symphony. ... Ilana is in much greater supply of that \'manly virtue\' than are most male writers today. ... The richness of Mercer’s intellect is as impressive as the soundness of her character.