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Rhodesians Never Die (State and Democracy Series) Paperback – January 1, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0908311828 ISBN-10: 0908311826
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thorough but fair examination Weekend Telegraph a fascinating and learned analysis of the tribe to which I belong, albeit as a renegade member. Financial Times detailed and copiously documented study of (white) Rhodesia Times Higher Education Supplement filled with many valuable observations on an important but neglected aspect of southern African history The Times Peter Godwin and Ian Hancock have produced the best account yet of the death throes of white Rhodesia ... a wholly convincing study of the way white Rhodesians were weakened by their own propaganda. The Economist There are tables on population, occupations and religious affiliations and a remarkable sourcing of evidence, including 62 pages of notes. Margarette Driscoll, Sunday Times The authors ... who write admirably and have done much personal and archival research, give a sympathetic and perceptive analysis of the complicated cross-currents which flowed and of the doubts and misgivings which existed among the whites. Robert Blake, The Spectator a well researched and highly readable account Political Studies Rhodesians Never Die is compulsive reading, extraordinarily well researched and unfortunately for the Rhodies, probably all true. Martin McGhee ... a lively and accessible account based on careful archival research and numerous personal interviews. It makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in contemporary history. Ray Knight. Bundu Times. (Australia) July '93 what is new about this book is its examination of the personal and public needs of Rhodesians to preserve the staus quo in theface of political change, and the costs of trying to maintain segregation while fighting a war. Archived --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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PETER GOODWIN is the author of When a Crocodile Eats the Sun and Mukiwa. He writes for a number of publications including The New York Times, Time, Newsweek and National Geographic. He lives in Manhattan. IAN HANCOCK is a graduate of Melbourne and Oxford universities, UK. He has taught modern African history at Monash and at the Australian National University, offering specialist courses on East and Southern Africa, and has written extensively on the political history of Uganda and Southern Rhodesia/Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. More recently, he has lectured in Australian and British imperial and colonial history, and published articles and books on the Liberal Party. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: State and Democracy Series
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Baobab Books (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0908311826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0908311828
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Godwin is an award winning author and journalist. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, he studied law and international relations at Cambridge and Oxford. He worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa and Eastern Europe for The Sunday Times of London. He was founding presenter and writer of Assignment/Correspondent, BBC TV's premier foreign affairs program. He now lives in Manhattan and contributes regularly to National Geographic, New York Times magazine, and BBC Radio, among others.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"Rhodesians Never Die" is a comprehensive history of the European population that ruled pre-independence Zimbabwe. This book takes a cynical view of Rhodesia's struggle to maintain minority rule amid increasing outside and internal pressures.
Godwin and Hancock put together an amazing amount of information in this work that includes even the smallest detail. "Rhodesians Never Die" chronicles every event, argument, article and demographic affecting Rhodesia for more than a decade.
The only drawback to this exhaustive work is its critical view of Ian Smith and Rhodesia's so called 'way of life'. Reading this book I got the impression that the authors arrived with preconceived conclusions about Rhodesia that weren't supported by their arguments. This could be due in part to the fact that this book does not relate Rhodesians to international influences or to the black population. I would liked to have seen a more classical argument and counter-argument to Rhodesia's problems.
Nonetheless, those who read this book will be greatly surprised to see how moderately the authors portray Rhodesia's Prime Minister. Even though 'Old Smithy' is not shown favorably, he wasn't the extremist as he is so often labelled. That role was played by other segments of Rhodesia's political spectrum.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has read Peter Godwin's "Mukiwa" or would like to learn more about the politics of southern Africa. This book was well worth the wait.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Smallridge on June 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
The writing is pretty flat so it is tough to see how someone without genuine interest in Zimbabwe would care about this book. However, for those of us who are interested, this work has tons of information about the Rhodesian mentality -- cultural, social, political, etc. It also contains a lot about the rise (and fall) of the Rhodesian Front and current President Robert Mugabe. This is one of the better books on southern Africa's history.
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Book is very informative,but it could of had more individual accounts of what life was like during those tumultuous years in Rhodesia,but overall very well written.
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By mark wulf on November 25, 2014
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This is a reprint and a very nice replica of the original. Beautifully printed, bound and made in America.
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By John Walsh on January 13, 2015
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Interesting, well written, detailed analysis of the time
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