White Lies: Canon John Collins and the Secret War Against Apartheid (Paperback)Denis Herbstein (author)
Paperback 376 Pages / Published: 09/11/2004
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John Collins, Canon of St Paul's Cathedral in London, was the Englishman white South Africans most loved to hate. The organisations founded by Canon Collins, the International Defence and Aid Fund (IDAF) and Christian Action, depended on the work of volunteers across the world. The secrecy with which they operated is why the story of these networks has been virtually unknown until now. North America: Independent Publishers Group; South Africa: HSRC Press
Publisher: James Currey
Number of pages: 376
Dimensions: 127 x 198 mm
Herbstein's book recounts an epic of human courage and inventiveness... of a commitment to human rights that never wavered. Through his talent for laying bare the threads in an intricate, sometimes hardly visible web, an important piece of contemporary history has been preserved - Per Wastberg, Swedish writer and chair-designate of the Nobel literary prize committee Those differences make up the gripping story ('welfare le Carre style') that Denis Herbstein, with recourse to hundreds of personal interviews and correspondence with participants in the 'white lies', tells of the secret war against apartheid, Collins's 'decades-long clandestine funding war on the perpetrators and practices of apartheid. RACE & CLASS ...the International Defence and Aid Fund,...channelled huge sums of mainly western money into the defeat of apartheid, by defending those charged with political crimes and aiding the defendants of those convicted or suffering as a consequence...it is astonishing to discover just how much the IDAF contributed to the struggle against apartheid... - Jonty Driver in the TLS
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