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''London Recruits: The Secret War Against Apartheid'' is a 2012 book edited and compiled by Ken Keable, with an introduction by Ronnie Kasrils and a foreword by Pallo Jordan. It inspired a documentary film, ''London Recruits'', directed by Gordon Main.

Synopsis

The book details the secret activities of foreign volunteers, especially from the United Kingdom and the rest of Western Europe, who worked covertly to assist the African National Congress during apartheid. Ronnie Kasrils a South African young communist, met with George Bridges, London Secretary of the Young Communist League in 1967 and began the process of reviving the ANC presence in South Africa through propaganda. These volunteers were mostly young communists, socialists and Trotskyists. The book reveals work done by volunteers, such as the transport of anti-apartheid leaflets and cassettes from London to counter the South African government's own overseas propaganda machine. A number of the activists were students at the London School of Economics and Political Science, including Ronnie Kasrils. Ronnie Kasrils subsequently became a leader of the armed struggle and a minister in Mandela's cabinet.

Reception

In the ''Buffalo News'' the book was described as a series of "revealing, firsthand accounts" and was reviewed in the ''International Review of Social History'' from Cambridge University. The first film made about the Recruits was made by Disobedient Films' Leah Borromeo and Katharine Round for an exhibition called Disobedient Objects at the V&A Museum in London while a talk on the book was held at the Bishopsgate Institute. A film of the book is being produced by Barefoot Rascals and should be released in late 2020.

References



External links

* {{official website|http://www.londonrecruits.org.uk/
The ''London Recruits'' film official website
Category:2012 non-fiction books Category:Politics of London Category:Books about politics of South Africa Category:Books about politics of the United Kingdom Category:Books about apartheid Category:Books about activism Category:Books about propaganda Category:Non-fiction books about espionage Category:International opposition to apartheid in South Africa