- Also check our best rated Biography reviews
The Great Betrayal: The Memoirs of Ian Douglas Smith Hardcover – 1 Apr 1997
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Ian Smith, former president of Rhodesia, spares few of his opponents as he gives a forthright account of one of Africa's most controversial political careers. Smith details his boyhood in Southern Rhodesia, his enlistment into the Royal Air Force and his active service during World War II. After the war, he joined the United Federal Party and initiated moves with various British Governments under Macmillian and Douglas-Home. This resulted in the Unilateral Declaration of Independence, and then Britain led the world in adopting sanctions against Rhodesia. He also tells how the British Government's poor handling of the Rhodesian situation led to unrest in the area which Henry Kissinger tried unsuccessfully to quell. Eventually the first majority elections were held, the results of which Margaret Thatcher refused to recognise, leading to the Marxist-orientated rule of President Mugabe. This autobiography deals with many political events that have been conveniently glossed over. It presents a fascinating portrait of one of the 20th century's most distinguished political figures.
Showing 1-8 of 11 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Sadly the country is in a mess, regardless of what people say, if one doesn't experience it for themselves they don't really know the truth.
Rhodesia wasn't perfect not and the government of the day make mistakes and could of done things differently, but the government of Zimbabwe is far worse and have no respect for life at all, whatever the race.
I blame the British government for ruining Rhodesia, they let the people down, abandoned them and used them. As did all other colonial places sadly once British authorities had no use of them.
Zimbabwe has had so called independence since 1980, but yet look what they have done with that freedom, the country is in a right mess!
As a white western person, I can see things from a independent view point and Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, which lasted for 6 months was never given a chance to work, this is the biggest mistake of all, both black and whites can be African and should of worked to build the country up in peace and unity. Unfortunately this didn't happen.
Brought 2 copies of The Great Betrayal by former Prime Minister Ian Smith. It's a very detailed read and I recommend anybody to buy it, I gave one to an anti white African and anti west black Zimbabwean acquaintance of mine to open his mind and broaden his views. Hope it worked!
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?