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Shaking Hands with Billy is a book that goes behind the scenes into the top secret world of the South African security force community during the build-up to the country's first democratic elections in 1994. The book reads at three different levels, because that moment in time is embedded in a set of regional dynamics, by which the author  is profoundly affected, but has no direct control. This means that the book is about the integrity of a human being living in times of great uncertainty – when the questioning of orders is being dealt with by a secret death squad authorised under Project Barnacle to eliminate “own forces” – using only his deeply anchored moral compass as his guide. Shaking Hands with Billy is thus the story of a man accepting full responsibility for his actions as a soldier turned peace-maker, while justifying those actions to the people he cares the most for – his two children and immediate family. The book is written in a deeply personal way, as a father explaining to his two children, both now adult, why he was not always there while they were growing up, in a land divided, surrounded by secrecy. The foreword is by James Workman and the prologue is by the author.

Paperback, 556 pages.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anthony Turton served in 2 Light Horse Regiment, 81 Armoured Brigade, and was recruited into a special operations unit that was created to avenge the Pretoria car bombing. He then served in the Chief Directorate Covert Operations of NIS and later became a founding member of the South African Secret Service. Anthony is currently a trained scientist specializing in water resource management as a strategic issue with a robust publication record. He's also a professional speaker, consultant, writer and poet


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