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South Africa Inc.: The Oppenheimer Empire

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South Africa Inc.: The Oppenheimer Empire

South Africa Inc.: The Oppenheimer Empire
By David Pallister, Sarah Stewart and Ian Lepper
Yale University Press, 1988, 382 pp. $25.00 Purchase

This breathless fact-filled account makes it clear: the Oppenheimers are everywhere! Not only does their corporation, Anglo-American, control the same portion of the South African economy as the government does (roughly 25 percent), but it is also the largest foreign investor in the United States. The machinations, combinations and transmutations recounted herein boggle the mind, but through them all the authors steadily build their underlying argument-showing that the Oppenheimers' liberal opposition to government policy is firmly grounded in a stalwart defense of the status quo.

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