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Brothers in War and Peace: Constand and Abraham Viljoen and the Birth of the New South Africa [Kindle Edition]

Dennis Cruywagen

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Abraham and Constand Viljoen were identical twins who took starkly different paths in life. One was a deeply religious man, who opposed apartheid; the other was a man of war, who became head of the SADF. But together they would play a crucial role in preventing South Africa from descending into civil war.
In the early 1990s, Constand came out of retirement to head the Afrikaner Volksfront, which opposed the negotiations with the ANC and made plans for military action. Realising that war would destroy their country, Abraham approached his estranged brother and urged him to consider the alternative: talks with the ANC. What followed was a series of secret meetings and negotiations that ultimately prevented civil war.
Brothers in War and Peace documents the crucial yet largely unheralded role the Viljoen brothers played in ensuring peace in South Africa. Based on interviews with the brothers and other key political figures, the book gives new insights into a time when the country’s future was on a knife-edge.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7501 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra Press (Random House Struik); 1 edition (8 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #689,345 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! Just wish it was available in hardcover 13 April 2015
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Excellent book ! Just wish it was available in hardcover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The truth revealed 2 April 2015
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Illuminating, fascinating reading for any South African who lived through these times. Public for the most part oblivious to the power of the Broederbond and the insidious manner in which it operated. Gained insight into what drove the Afrikaners - their inability to see that their religious beliefs were in conflict with their racism. Their insular thinking, their denigration of people of color, their inferiority complex and hatred of English speaking whites, their total unquestioning obedience to their leaders, led to their downfall. Despite all of this, one feels compassionate towards them. The two brothers represent so many whites, both English and Afrikaans speaking. White people of conscience were silenced in a variety of ways. The majority of white citizens were unaware of what was happening; they were prevented from hearing and reading the truth via media and were punished if they went against the establishment. Many whites were content with the status quo and the comfort it afforded them. Even the minimally educated whites had job opportunities. Today their children, who were not born into apartheid are suffering the sins of their fathers.
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