Colour Bar: The Triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation

Colour Bar: The Triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation

by Susan Williams


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Colour Bar: The Triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation by Susan Williams

London, 1945: the heir apparent to the kingship of Bechuanaland (later Botswana) arrives in Britain to complete his legal studies. Seretse Khama, an urbane 24-year-old, educated like Mandela at Fore Hare, is welcomed into the elite world of the Inner Temple in London. But then, in 1947, he does something that will change the course of his life, and that of his country, forcing him into six long years of exile: he falls in love with a white British woman, Ruth Williams. Drawing on a mass of previously classified records, Susan Williams tells Seretse and Ruth's story—an astonishing account of how the British Government conspired with apartheid South Africa and Rhodesia to prevent the mixed-race royal couple returning home. This is a shocking account of a shameful period of British history: overt racism on the streets of London and the corridors of Whitehall, and of appeasement to apartheid South Africa. But it is also an inspiring, triumphant tale of hope, courage, and true love, as with tenacity and great dignity Seretse and Ruth and the Bangwato people overcome prejudice in their fight for justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141985701
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication date: 02/15/2017
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 279,749
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Susan Williams is a historian and the author of many books, including Spies in the Congo and Who Killed Hammarskjöld?: The UN, the Cold War and White Supremacy in Africa, which triggered a new UN investigation in 2015 into the death of the Secretary General. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

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Colour Bar: The triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReviewsbyChrissy More than 1 year ago
I wanted to love this book so much but it didn't happen. It wasn't captivating from the beginning, which I thought it would be. Interracial couple and the struggle they went through just to be together, being that this is based on a true story I wanted more. Some sections fall short while others are drawn out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago