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A Complicated War: The Harrowing of Mozambique (Perspectives on Southern Africa) New Ed Edition
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The fact that the two are blended, instead of placed in separated parts, makes less obvious the fact that they do not set light on each other very much. One part of reconstructing a major war is tracing the connection between the larger forces - in this case, South Africa`s role, the RENAMO leadership, the communist and anticommunist propaganda - and the battles seen from a close distance - the disruption of life, famine and terror caused by the guerrillas. A lot about the war in Mozambique is unknown and, or at least, unreported. We don`t know who in the South African Government was involved with RENAMO after the Nkomati accords, nor the number of Renamo victims, nor how many people were in concentration camps. The author`s field work, despite including some interviews with leaderships on both sides, adds little to the general picture. Furthermore, not much light is set about obscure aspects that should be cleared precisely by the kind of in loco studies this book provides, such as the different motivations and possible independence of the guerrilla groups. We don`t know the chain of command of the bandidos, and not very much about the foot soldiers.Read more ›
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I was born and lived in Moçambique for over 25 years .
This book has a lot of interesting information but some of the facts are distorted by interviews to some of the people... Read more
Author visited the country in 1992, after the war. I was there in 1994 and the book did help me understand much of what went on. It is well written. Read morePublished on September 18, 2008 by D. N. Donald