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Dingo Firestorm: The Greatest Battle of the Rhodesian Bush War
Dingo Firestorm: The Greatest Battle of the Rhodesian Bush War
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4.0 out of 5 stars Operation Dingo, 15 May 2014
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A huge amount of research and personal contact with some of the principal figures of those who planned and participated in this operation gives this book a large amount of authority on the subject of not only on Dingo, but on the war that resulted from the declaration of UDI. Self government was a world wide movement at the time. Majority rule, and it's painful consequences, was sweeping through Africa and as country after country slipped into anarchy or dictatorship Rhodesia's colonial population decided to make a stand. It was doomed to failure but the attempt to preserve a way of life, and undoubted achievent in standards of a civilised society in an untamed land deserves to be chronicled. When the Romans withdrew from Britan back to their beleaguered country, Britain plunged back into the dark ages. History repeats itself, and Zimbabwe's story after indepence confirmation of Rhodesia's fears.


Too Close To The Sun: The Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton
Too Close To The Sun: The Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Perspective., 31 Mar. 2014
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This book would seem to be a carefully researched perspective on one of Kenya's early pioneers; another side of a multifaceted relationship that was bought to the public by Isak Dinesen, a pen name used by the Danish author Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke, in her now famous Out of Africa, a memoir of her life in Kenya.

Perhaps a more accurate and dispassionate portrayal of the man she undoubtably loved, and her life in the turbulent difficult and exciting times of Kenya's early pioneers, it rIngs true to a third generation ex bush pilot who was familiar with the areas, clubs, family's and skies of that wild and beautiful country.

My grandparents and parents moved and mingled with many of the characters mentioned. I live a few miles from that house at the coast, flew the routes taken by the principle chapters who were living history, and lived as a boy not far from that coffe farm that consumed so much of her life.

I found it moving, fascinating and wholly believable. It is a beautifully written most enjoyable account of the life and times of my grandparents generation. I can highly recommend it.


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