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The Flags Changed at Midnight: Towards the Independence of Tanganyika Hardcover – Dec 2001


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  • Hardcover: 572 pages
  • Publisher: Gracewing; First Edition edition (Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852445512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852445518
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,857,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jan 2002
Format: Hardcover
A quite outstanding account of what it was like to live and work as a district administrator in Tanganyika during its final ten years as a UN Trust Territory before independence in 1961. Those who were there at that time can vouch for its accuracy and will enjoy the memories it evokes. Anyone wishing to have an honest and lively description of how up-country administration was organised and conducted will find it in this book.
The mental and physical effort and courage called for may not nowadays be appreciated. Nor may the rewarding friendliness and cooperation of the local leaders and ordinary people. The often difficult living conditions encountered by a young expatriate and his wife presented a continual challenge. An interesting additional perspective is provided by the author's period as Private Secretary to the Governor.
What shines through the whole memoir is the high-principled and unremitting enthusiasm, characteristic of the overseas service, shown by Michael Longford and his wife Jennifer, and their affection for the country and its people.
The book is a handsome one; the publisher has done the author proud. The photos, the drawings, and the design of the book all combine to make it a pleasure to read and to handle.
Keith Mather
Formerly District Commissioner, Tanganyika,
and later Assistant Director of Health Programmes,
Commonwealth Secretariat.
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