This profound and deeply compassionate study aims to reach into the complexities of political violence in South Africa between 1960 and 1995. At the centre of this book are a vivid sequence of narratives by people who reveal how they came to be involved in violence. On one side there are reflections by a former police commissioner, a Koevoet operative, a former general in military intelligence and an agent who infiltrated student organizations. From the liberation movements there are MK and APC guerrilla commanders: township activists reflect on what gain there was in necklace killings. It also offers a critical consideration of the Truth and Reconciliation amnesty process.