Selling Apartheid

Selling Apartheid : South Africa's Global Propaganda War

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This book lays bare the global propaganda war waged by the South African government in the attempt to bolster support for their apartheid regime. The world-wide campaign consisted of the government burnishing its image overseas, selling apartheid to the US and the UK in particular.

Costing around $100 million annually, and run with vigourous efficiency for fifty years, the campaign drew in an elaborate network of supporters, including global corporations with business operations in South Africa, conservative religious organisations, and an unlikely coalition of liberal black clergy and anti-communist black conservatives aligned with right-wing Cold War politicians.

Journalist Ron Nixon brings together interviews with key players, and thousands of previously unreleased records from US, British and South African archives, to provide a fast-paced and historically rich account of a little-known history.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745399142
  • 9780745399140
  • 1,150,507

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Table of contents


1. Apartheid is Good for Blacks

2. In Defence of Apartheid

3. Taking the Offensive

4. Operation Blackwash

5. Muldergate

6. Constructive Engagement

7. Free South Africa

8. Stopping the Anti-Apartheid Movement

9. Sanctions Only Hurt Blacks

10. The Fixer

11. Operation Heartbreak

12. The Anti-Sanctions Videos

13. Apartheid's Man in Angola

14. Apartheid's Last Gasp

15. The End of Apartheid

Notes on Sources

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'Essential' -- Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch 'Meticulously unpacks the complex web of relationships and covert money flows that promoted South Africa's repressive policies. At a time of widening alarm over the onslaught of 'fake news', Nixon provides a disturbing exploration of the extreme lengths to which institutions can go to spread misinformation' -- Minneapolis Star Tribune 'This is a tale of intrigue, rich characters and large chequebooks, played out in all the Western capitals' -- Anton Harber, Caxton Professor of Journalism, University of the Witwatersrand 'A major contribution to the scholarship on the apartheid era and the struggle for liberation in South Africa ... One cannot understand the South African freedom movement without understanding the issues that Nixon so effectively presents to the reader' -- Bill Fletcher Jr, former president of TransAfrica 'This is an important story that needed to be told about the apartheid government's global lobbying effort that tried to whitewash its reprehensible policy of racial separation' -- Eleanor Holmes Norton, US House of Representatives
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About Ron Nixon

Ron Nixon is a Washington Correspondent for the New York Times. He is a visiting associate in the Department of Media and Journalism Studies at the University of Witwatersrand, where he teaches investigative reporting and data journalism. He is the author of Selling Apartheid (Pluto, 2016).
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