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The Triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation

Book - 2016
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The true story of a love which defied family, Apartheid, and empire - the inspiration for the major new feature film A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike London, 1947. He was the heir to an African kingdom. She was a white English insurance clerk. When they met and fell in love, it would change the world. This is the inspiring true story of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams, whose marriage sent shockwaves through the establishment, defied an empire - and, finally, triumphed over the prejudices of their age.
Publisher: London :, Penguin Books,, 2016
ISBN: 9780141985701
Characteristics: xxiii, 407 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits ; 20 cm


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Apr 23, 2018

This biography starts slowly but moves rapidly after Seretse Khama and his wife Ruth are banished to England for five years. The duplicity of the British government and colonial administrators contrasts with the peaceful civil disobedience of the Bangwato people to regain their chief. This biography is complimented by about 20 black and white photographs; end notes on sources; a lengthy bibliography; and an index.

Jan 25, 2018

This account of history in my own lifetime has opened my eyes to the dishonesty of some civil servants and politicians and their racial prejudices in regard to Africa and the British colonies. The white races owe a huge debt to African people.


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Apr 23, 2018

In the decade after the Second World War, the Soviet Union detonated an atomic bomb to initiate the Arms Race and the Cold War. This race depended on uranium - and a major source for the British nuclear arsenal was white ruled South Africa. When the heir to a Chieftancy in British-administered Bechuanaland (later Botswana) married a white English woman, the South African government feared domestic civil unrest. Their pressure on the British government resulted in the banishment of Seretse Khama to England for five years. This meticulous biography reveals the broad-based efforts to seek Khama's restoration to his homeland. It is a powerful story of racial discrimination, colonial exploitation, and political duplicity - and in the end of deep and abiding love between a black man and a white woman.


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