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Apartheid Guns and Money: A tale of profit

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The apartheid state was at war. For two decades before 1994, while internal resistance grew, mandatory sanctions prohibited the sale of strategic goods and arms to South Africa. The last white regime was confronted with an existential threat.
A global covert network of nearly 50 countries was constructed to counter sanctions. In complete secrecy, allies in corporations, ban
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Published May 8th 2017 by Jacana Media
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Joss Du Trevou
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I think this book would have been great if it was about 1,000 pages shorter. I have never battled so much to get through a book and I could not wait for it to end. It went into far far too much detail for my liking. I learnt a lot from the overarching message but boy was it tedious. 😩
Kojo Baffoe
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book left me speechless. It puts so much of modern day South Africa and its challenges into context. A must read for every South African but also for anyone who wants an understanding of the world. Everything is not what it seems. It is a long and dense book but, frighteningly, parts read like a spy novel. They say that truth is stranger than fiction. Every chapter of this book could be made into a movie.
Thabang Mamkeli
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
IN-DEPTH exposé on clandestine corruption and human injustice however it would have been better to have succinct chapters than a tedious dragging book.

Hopefully this publication ceases history from repeating itself !
This is a momentous book and makes for a fascinating read! It gives an in-depth account of sanctions-busting activities during apartheid South Africa. It exposes the worldwide political, economic and intelligence networks that were involved in these activities, thereby exposing the hypocrisy of many states (including Western powers and China) who formally opposed apartheid yet displayed a willingness to cooperate and trade with the apartheid state, driven by a mix of ideological affinity, econom ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Van Vurren's ability to string together a vast array of details recorded in disparate sources is very impressive. He has the ability to hone into the detail and explore all its avenues and byways. This is effectively augmented by the bird's eye view he presents in virtually every chapter. This book gives its reader a very clear understanding of apartheid South Africa's historical locus. However, the level of detail and the complexity of the tale of sanctions busting can be daunting and at times ...more
Geoffrey Abrams
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What was done in secret could not stay hidden forever. Someone somewhere knows something and wrote about it. As the Author stated that, ‘corruption is not a phenomenon that is the result of a black-led government. White compatriots should be the first to volunteer such admission.’ There is still a lot to be revealed as yet more information lies dormant and sealed in the different Archives in our country.
شريف لطفي
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding piece of work which must have taken a large team of researchers from different backgrounds very long years and loads of time spent in archives all over the world to check and cross check every piece of information they managed to get.

Truly impressive and a real eye opener on the corrupt world we live in
Aakifah Bartlett
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really impressive book. Well researched and extremely enlightening. I loved it!
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
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Great insight into South Africa’s apartheid government. Gives a lot of context to our struggles today. A bit too long though. Struggled to get to the end.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is an intellectual tour de force. The depth of research that has gone into the book is astounding. Definitely well worth a read.
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Thulare Bopape
A really good book detailing the secret dealings by the western nations (Europe and America) with the Apartheid South Africa to literally enable it to prosper. These western nations are the same nations which put sanctions on South Africa yet fuelled its economy while publicly denouncing it.
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