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Terrific history of the Selous Scouts,
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This review is from: Selous Scouts: Rhodesian Counter-Insurgency Specialists (Africa@War) (Paperback)
I'll get one small criticism out of the way first. This book is shorter than I would have liked: just 72 pages, albeit in A4 format. That said, Peter Baxter has produced an excellent history, which brilliantly covers the work of the Selous Scouts in Rhodesia's ultimately unsuccessful attempt to stem the ZANU-ZAPU tide. The book is very well written; Baxter's style makes for an easy, enjoyable read. The scope of the book is broad, ranging effortlessly from the tactical up to the military-strategic levels of war; across these levels, the author, who does not describe himself as a military historian, offers first-rate, persuasive military analysis. He also colours his work with a cast of interesting characters. This is a very balanced work - nothing is overdone - and I would very happily buy another of the author's books. P.S. I'm an avid Kindle user but I would strongly recommend buying the hard-copy version over the soft, so as to make the most of the book's rich illustration.
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Initial post: 17 Dec 2011 22:12:57 GMT
B. Fairbank says:
Hi. This book has 64 numbered pages plus 8 unnumbered pages of colour - 72pp, as stated.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2011 08:02:32 GMT
N MURPHY says:
You're quite right! I have amended my review. Thanks for commenting.
Posted on 2 Mar 2012 03:06:38 GMT
Jeff Baxter says:
Thanks for a great review. Note that the expanded version is coming out later in the year under the Helion label. Thanks again.
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