The Great Betrayal: The Memoirs of Ian Douglas Smith

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Blake Publishing Limited, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 418 pages
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Ian Smith, former president of Rhodesia, spares few of his opponents as heives a forthright account of one of Africa's most controversial politicalareers.;Smith details his boyhood in Southern Rhodesia, his enlistment intohe Royal Air Force and his active service during World War II. After the war,e joined the United Federal Party and initiated moves with various Britishovernments under Macmillian and Douglas-Home. This resulted in thenilateral Declaration of Independence, and then Britain led the world indopting sanctions against Rhodesia.;He also tells how the Britishovernment's poor handling of the Rhodesian situation led to unrest in therea which Henry Kissinger tried unsuccessfully to quell. Eventually theirst majority elections were held, the results of which Margaret Thatcherefused to recognise, leading to the Marxist-orientated rule of Presidentugabe.;This autobiography deals with many political events that have beenonveniently glossed over. It presents a fascinating portrait of one of the0th century's most distinguished political figures.

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In Bitter Harvest, Smith meticulously tells the other side of Zimbabwe/Rhodesia's struggle for independence. He seeks to explain the reasons why his government declared its Unilateral Declaration of ... Read full review

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This book is certainly one of the best I have read about the Rhodesian situation. As an autobiography and a compilation of modern Southern African history it is beyond compare. IDS was a visionary but even 'Smithy' could not have envisaged the Zimbabwe situation as it stands today. Yes he knew that in all liklihood Mugabe would be a dictator along the lines of Idi Amin, hence the secret talks with big Josh Nkomo. The title of the book tells all, Rhodesia was betrayed and sold down the river not only by a hostile labour movement but by so called allies...ie RSA and Mrs Thatcher though to give the Iron Lady the benefit of the doubt she was ill informed as a euphi,ism for being told downright lies by Carrington and his team. IDS was most certainly a man of courage and fortitude and that most unusual of men...an honest politician. IDS will answer to his Gods one day soon and they will bless him. 

Contents

The Growth of a Nation
1
From Innocence to Experience
7
Settling Back Home
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