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Colour Bar: The triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation [Kindle Edition]

Susan Williams
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Book Description

Sir Seretse Khama, the first President of Botswana and heir apparent to the kingship of the Bangwato people, brought independence and great prosperity to his nation after colonial rule. But for six long years from 1950, Seretse had been forced into exile in England, banned from his own country. His crime? To fall in love and marry a young, white English girl, Ruth Williams. Delving into newly released records, Susan Williams tells Seretse and Ruth's story - a shocking account of how the British Government conspired with apartheid South Africa to prevent the mixed-race royal couple returning home. 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 ovecome prejudice in their fight for justice.

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About the Author

Susan Williams is the author of many books, most recently The People's King: The True Story of the Abdication (2003), The Children of London (2001) and Ladies of Influence (2000). She grew up in Zambia and has worked in Britain, Zimbabwe and Canada. She lives in London and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1000 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (June 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9Q8K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,510 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The personal is political October 13, 2008
Susan Williams' The Colour Bar tells both a love story and a political history. When Seretse Khama, the hereditary "kgosi" or king of one of the Tswana tribes of the British Protectorate of Bechuanaland, married Ruth Williams, a British woman he met while in school in England, it set off a scramble among the leaders of apartheid South Africa and of Rhodesia as well as Britain, to exile and depose him. It would be untenable to have a mixed race couple living among and influencing the people between these very racially segregated and oppressive societies. The lengths to which the British government went to exile Seretse Khama and to hide its reasons for so doing, as well as the responses of the Khamas and of the people of what would become the Republic of Botswana, makes spell-binding reading. I intended to use this for my bus commute read, but once I started it, I couldn't put it down and devoted a weekend to finishing it up. Highly recommended for history buffs or people interested in getting a very different view of an African republic. This one is at least a partial cure for U.S. tunnel vision.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A triumph of love and perseverance January 4, 2011
"The Colour Bar" is a good book to understand the prejudices and injustices of the British and white rule in Africa. This is also a story about love, perseverance, forgiveness and not let the evil triumph over the good. The marriage of Seretse and Ruth becomes a threat to the supremacist world of white people in these territories. However, Ruth and Seretse never gave up and their love and resistance led to the success of a nation, now called Botswana. The book is extraordinarily well documented, but this characteristic turns the story boring at times. I expected more about Ruth and Seretse and less about Politics. The final chapters left me hungry for more information about the couple's life in independent Botswana.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Someone needs to write a screenplay for this book February 19, 2012
With so many stories of Africa focusing on violence, sickness, poverty, this is a sweeping and epic love story about love of country that illustrates all that can be good about human nature: forgiveness, perseverance and freedom. Pula! Pula! Pula!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a story September 9, 2013
By marny
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is a must for anyone interested in the history of Botswana
I couldn't put it down. I learned so much about the history of the African countries and their struggle for independence
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