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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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 overcome prejudice in their fight for justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141985701
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication date: 02/15/2017
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 302,983
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