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An In Depth Account of the Biafran War,
This review is from: The Biafra Story: The Making of an African Legend (Hardcover)
Biafra Story is a first hand account of the Nigerian Civil War by one of the most respected authors in the UK.
The book details the events following Nigerian independence during the 1960s, including the formation of several governments, coups and the Biafran cecession.
Rather than being written in the style of a novel, Frederick Forsyth gives a chronological account of events, some of which are not widely known due to the political sensitivities of the time (the breakaway of Biafra was strongly opposed by the UK goernment).
As the account was mainly written "on site", it is interspersed with the author's feelings about the conduct of the war and it is difficult not to sympathise with his views. However, any claims he makes are backed up with accounts and interviews and is an extremely readable guide for those (like myself) who were in Nigeria at the time, or who have an interest in the transition from colonial government of 1960s Africa.