Although some of these history books predate and go beyond it, this list is meant to emphasize the 1960's. The short list of South African fiction and plays is post World War 2 through the Sixties. We welcome additional suggestions to add to the list.
- Leonard Thompson. A History of South Africa. New Haven Yale University Press, 2000.
- Albert Luthuli. Let My People Go. London: Fontana Books, 1974.
- George Fredrickson. White Supremacy: A Comparative Study in American & South African History. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.
- Anthony Sampson. Mandela: The Authorized Biography. London: Harper Collins, 1999.
- Robert Massie. Loosing the Bonds: The United States and South Africa in the Apartheid Years. New York: Nan Talese/Doubleday 1997.
- Joseph Lelyveld. Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White. New York: Times Books, 1985.
- Mark Mathabane. Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography--The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa. New York: Touchstone, 1998.
- Lewis Baldwin. Toward the Beloved Community: Martin Luther King Jr. and South Africa. New York: Pilgrim Press, 1995.
- Harris Wofford. Of Kennedys and Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties, 1980.
- Raymond Arsenault. Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
- Arthur Schlesinger. Robert Kennedy and His Times. New York: Ballantine Books, 1996.
- Peter Abrahams, Mine Boy (1946)
- Herman Charles Bosman, Mafeking Road and Other Stories (1947)
- Alan Paton, Cry the Beloved Country (1948)
- Can Themba, "The Suit" (short story), 1953
- E'skia Mphahlele, Down Second Avenue (1959)
- Richard Rive, Emergency (1964)
- Athol Fugard, The Blood Knot (1961)
- Athol Fugard, People Are Living There (1968)