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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect a balanced view, 8 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Biafra Story (Paperback)
This is an in-depth and well argued book from a writer better known for other genres. My caveat to any reader is that Forsythe is shamelessly pro-Biafran and this is born out in his writing. I have no issue with writers having an opinion,but lets be clear of this from the outset. It's a book with lots of facts but for me, a little too much of 'he said in a private meeting which was unrecorded' type evidence rather than cold hard evidence. Read this book for an insight, but don't imagine it's wholly impartial.
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Initial post: 15 Jan 2010 11:40:39 GMT
I was a child in Biafra. Thank God for Forsyth. The Harold Wilson govt would not let anyone from Britain find out what was happening, until ITN went in and saw genocide going on. The role played by the Labour govt of the time is the most shameful episode of British foreign policy, even worse than Iraq. Igbos are still treated as immigrants in that wretched country called Nigeria. Called non-indegines. For Westerners, especially British people, to understand the Biafran war, it's necessary that a fellow westerner conveys the Biafran point of view. The Nigerian point of view was carried by the Foreign Office and Foreign Secretary Brown in 1968 referred to Biafrans as those troublesome people in the bush somewhere.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Sep 2010 13:23:48 BDT
P Cooke says:
Exactly what I was about to write, as a lifelong Labour supporter I was utterly ashamed of the actions the UK establishment undertook during the civil war.
Yes Forsyth is pro-Biafran, but his stance is taken from the evidence of rights and wrongs commited during the whole episode. This book should be a mandatory text in every school in Nigeria, to ensure past mistakes are not repeated.

Posted on 24 Jun 2011 18:33:15 BDT
Phone_Junkie says:
No one could be anything else but pro-Biafran. What WE did was a disgrace. Then when the pictures of the starving came through the media, the government had the sheer audacity to urge us to help. It was the two Communists in government who caused it. They should have sided with the new nation. We, the British people should be reminded each year what the Labour party did.

Then a great deal of the British public found it amusing to make sick jokes about the poor children. What goes around comes around.
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