In The Name Of God by Michael HH Warren

In The Name Of God – Defending Apartheid

***This book does not sanction Apartheid ― read it and see for yourself!***

A frank and outspoken coming-of-age memoir, In The Name Of God is the author’s exploration of the role he played in defending Apartheid.

“It was the mid-80s and South Africa was burning. Township streets were violent with protest and a full-blown Cold War proxy war raged on the border. None of these issues occupied my mind at the time. I was too busy growing up.”

The reluctant disciple of an unholy cause, Michael wrestles with life and love against the backdrop of a pivotal period in South Africa’s dark history. Twenty-two years old and freshly-graduated from university, Michael is called up for compulsory national service with the South African Defence Force. He must leave the comforts of home and the arms of the love of his life, Kimberly, to undergo military training at Infantry School in Oudtshoorn. There he faces gruelling instruction at the hands of the Afrikaner ranks, who are none-too-accepting of the Engelsman (Englishman) who resists their autocratic ways. Michael misses Kimberly desperately, but finds comfort in the easy friendships he strikes up with fellow conscripts. Basics, Vasbyt, border duty and the demands of army life occupy Michael’s days, while he fights to keep a hold on life outside the army and his relationship with Kimberly. His experience of being discriminated against as an English-speaking serviceman in a very-Afrikaans institution is turned on its head when he is posted as an officer to a black battalion near the Kruger National Park in his second year of national service.

In The Name Of God follows Michael as he negotiates his way through Infantry School and beyond, wrestling with life and love along the way. Against the backdrop of a pivotal time in South Africa’s dark history, the book examines the role one man played in defending apartheid and describes his coming-of-age under extreme circumstances. Filled with action, friendship, love and humor, the book is also an earnest attempt on the part of Michael Warren to make sense of the South Africa of the past and the South Africa in which he finds himself in the present.

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In the Name of God

This is a must read for any English speaking South African who did National Service or who knows someone who did their two years in the South African Defence Force. The book takes you back in vivid detail to the hardships, abuse and trauma of surviving basic training, leaving behind family, friends and girlfriends and having to fit in to military life.

Brian P

5.0
2017-02-20T14:16:02+00:00

Brian P

This is a must read for any English speaking South African who did National Service or who knows someone who did their two years in the South African Defence Force. The book takes you back in vivid detail to the hardships, abuse and trauma of surviving basic training, leaving behind family, friends and girlfriends and having to fit in to military life.

In the Name of God

An excellent first person account of doing his national service in South Africa. The story is very human and honest in recounting the author's time as a soldier. The author is a gifted story teller!

Pontiac

5.0
2017-02-20T14:22:42+00:00

Pontiac

An excellent first person account of doing his national service in South Africa. The story is very human and honest in recounting the author's time as a soldier. The author is a gifted story teller!

In the Name of God

As an English speaking NSM at infantry school in 1987, this was like taking the lid off the past and seeing it as it was, warts and all ... but it ultimately defined who we became!

Rory T Culhane

5.0
2017-02-20T14:29:34+00:00

Rory T Culhane

As an English speaking NSM at infantry school in 1987, this was like taking the lid off the past and seeing it as it was, warts and all ... but it ultimately defined who we became!

In the Name of God

I found this book to be a challenging read initially because the author spends a lot of time on detailed descriptions in recounting his experiences. This initial slow pace in the early stages of the book left me feeling adrift, wondering where the story was going. However, about a quarter of the way in I found myself enjoying it more than I initially expected to. The story follows the author’s two-year National Service with the former South African Defence Force. He describes the different places, people, cultures and experiences in vivid detail and provides insight into what it was really like to serve in the army during that time as well as offering an insider’s view into Apartheid. Alongside the main storyline is a coming-of-age story of a young man who grows in maturity and understanding while going through what might be some of the most difficult experiences in his life. It’s a piece of history that needed to be recorded and told and the author is a gifted writer.

JM

4.0
2018-04-23T20:41:35+00:00

JM

I found this book to be a challenging read initially because the author spends a lot of time on detailed descriptions in recounting his experiences. This initial slow pace in the early stages of the book left me feeling adrift, wondering where the story was going. However, about a quarter of the way in I found myself enjoying it more than I initially expected to. The story follows the author’s two-year National Service with the former South African Defence Force. He describes the different places, people, cultures and experiences in vivid detail and provides insight into what it was really like to serve in the army during that time as well as offering an insider’s view into Apartheid. Alongside the main storyline is a coming-of-age story of a young man who grows in maturity and understanding while going through what might be some of the most difficult experiences in his life. It’s a piece of history that needed to be recorded and told and the author is a gifted writer.
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