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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Galago (1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0947020276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0947020279
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,471,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Smallridge on June 9, 2011
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Obviously, this is a pretty obscure book, but don't let that fool you. It says more about Rhodesian history and the early history of Zimbabwe than almost anything out there. This is not to be missed by anyone interested in Zimbabwean history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RhoZim on November 24, 2010
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This book provides a very unbiased view of the political history of Rhodesia. Ken served under 5 PMs including Smith and Mugabe. It reads a lot like a history text book, which I guess it kind of is, and gets a little boring in parts. However, I do feel it is probably the most accurate account ever written of the political side of the Rhodesia/Zim transition.
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It is a mark of Ken Flowers' professionalism that he served so many masters.He makes no secret of the fact that he was sympatheticto the pre-UDI poltical status quo. Under Ian Smith he tended to argue a reformist agenda and was probably the best informed person in the country. Under Ken Flowers the CIO punched way above its weight and in conjunction with Special Branch developed extremely effective counter insurgency initiatives and built up a surprising array of foreign assets and contacts. Like many old school Rhodies He was instinctively suspicious of the S.Africans who subsequently sold out Smith.
Under the circumstances he is quite restrained in his criticism of the militarisation of the conflict, especially the involvement of the Selous Scouts who became an army within an army and the fostering of a cult of body count rather than a hearts and minds approach. In my opinion too many scarce resources were devoted to high profile raids and operations which produced military "'victories' but were counter-productive in the greater scheme of things.
I know there are many who suspect him of working for the British but the CIO's record speaks for itself, perhaps by the time of Lancaster House he found that Rhodesia's best interests were not best served by Ian Smith?
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This truly is a tell-all. There have been many books written on the political situation of post-UDI Rhodesia and this book provides a different account of many familiar events. Flower was a British immigrant who spent most of his adult years in Africa.

I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a full picture of what happened in Rhodesia after UDI.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nuno Moreira on May 10, 2006
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The Rhodesian conflict, as seen by the head of that country's Intelligence Service.

Holding the post from 1963 to 1981, he served under five Prime Ministers. Among these, and for the most of this period, was Ian Smith, leader of the Rhodesian Front(RF), which in 1965 shocked the world with a Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI).

Ken Flower was against UDI, and no supporter of the RF government. Yet he kept the job for the duration of the war years, and was always a voice to be heard, even though many told Smith that CIO and Ken Flower where not to be trusted, among them top figures of Rhodesia's portuguese allies.

In the book we get a first hand account of the political moves taken by the various parties, which ended in the Lancaster House Agreement and majority black rule in 1980.

It has been said that british born Flower was in fact a MI6 agent, serving his land of birth interests. Was this the "serving secretly" that the title of the book refers to? Reading it may help you in providing an answer.
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