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I found the first part of the book to be the most interesting part - the author's close involvement with the rural African population in his Internal Affairs job - a role not often covered in other accounts of the Rhodesian war, and not within the experience of most town dwelling white Rhodesians. However, for a much more detailed and more positive account of the rural African situation, both before and after independence, you could try "The Shattered Jewel" by Stan Fynes-Clinton, who had a long career as a District Commissioner in several parts of Rhodesia.
The second part of this book is interesting only in so far as it deals with the author's personal quest for reason and meaning. It is an angry attempt to deal with his obviously many demons, but unfortunately falls short by taking the easy way out - blaming someone else, in this case laying the blame for all the bad things that have happened to him personally and to southern Africa generally squarely at the door of Ian Smith. The author come to some sweeping conclusions and makes allegations which are no more than his personal opinions about events that he was not directly involved with.
As the author says, no doubt there were many things that could have been done much better before, during and after that time - hindsight is a wonderful thing. However, 15 years of the "Myth of Smith" has since been replaced by 34 years of the "Tyranny of Mugabe".Read more ›
Would I recommend this book? Yes I would as long as you read others such as Fynes -Clinton and remember this book is about one mans perception of the whole upheaval. Without a doubt it was a horrible time, without a doubt the war brought out the worst in all of us, (even the "good" wars had major atrocities by all sides) but to call this a definitive work is an over exaggeration.
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This book is insulting to both black and white inhabitants of Zimbabwe/Rhodesia. The use of ignorant language belittles what Schorr has to say and does little to back up his ideas. Read morePublished 1 month ago by E. W.
Wonderful book- combines the excitement typical in a Rhodesian's memoirs with clear and concise commentary- I would recommend this to anybody who has an idealized view of Rhodesia... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cameron Greig
Interesting read and certainly worthwhile for anyone who was affected by that war. I enjoyed the picture Schorr paints of the time and it brought back many of my own memories. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kathleen
A great read for anyone connected to that era. It is a great pity Mugabe did not follow through with progress. The country is now totally ruined and he has only himself to blame.Published 24 months ago by Michael Stewart
While I found Schorr's account of growing up in Rhodesia, his mandatory stints in the Rhodesian army, and life as a civil servant with Intaf very interesting? Read morePublished 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is total myth and has nothing whatsoever to do with the actual facts of the war. The author is purely trying to sell copy by writing this garbage.Published on August 21, 2014 by Rob Johnson
Fantastic to read a true version about Rhodesia ! Couldn't put it down, very well written.Published on August 17, 2014 by Amazon Customer
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