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John Boje Reviews The Last Afrikaner Leaders: A Supreme Test of Power by Hermann Giliomee

The Last Afrikaner Leaders: A Supreme Test of PowerVerdict: carrot

In this significant study, Hermann Giliomee provides spell-binding insights into the last Afrikaner leaders’ vain attempts to square the circle by trying to find a way of sharing power without losing control.

Hendrik Verwoerd was so convinced that he was right and so charismatic in convincing his party of the rightness of his policies that he was in no danger of losing control. The caricature of the fanatic is a well-established one.

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