By Ian Smith
For greater than a decade, Ian Smith served as Rhodesia's leading Minister throughout the period of white minority rule. Following his dying in 2007, he's nonetheless a guy being able to excite robust feelings. to a few he's a pacesetter whose ambitious integrity led him into head-to-head war of words with the exertions govt of england within the Nineteen Sixties. To others he's a demon top identified for declaring "I don't think in black majority rule ever, now not in one thousand years," for staunchly opposing Britain's insistence that majority rule be applied prior to the nation’s independence, and for imprisoning the management of the newly emerged black nationalist flow. during this revealing autobiography, Smith tells his personal aspect of the tale and divulges how he sought to maintain Rhodesia on a route to complete democracy through the West's decolonization of Africa. He tells the striking tale in the back of the signing of the country’s Unilateral statement of Independence and addresses the excesses of strength that the present president, Robert Mugabe, has used to create the digital dictatorship which exists in Zimbabwe this day. this can be a revealing and prescient historic rfile from a debatable determine charting the increase and fall of a once-great country.
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He eventually became Professor of Medicine at our Rhodesian University, and had to his credit a number of eminent books dealing with tropical diseases and other matters affecting our indigenous peoples. On one occasion, after I became Prime Minister, Gelfand arrived at my office with one of those people living in the Zambezi Valley who have only two large toes. qxd 14/4/08 2:34 pm Page 28 28 BITTER HARVEST remote parts of the country, and had never previously visited any urban centre. Mike informed me that to the best of his knowledge these people occupied only one area of the valley, and numbered fewer than one hundred.
Qxd 14/4/08 2:34 pm Page 14 14 BITTER HARVEST Douglas, my number two, first told me that black smoke was pouring out and then that flames were engulfing the whole engine. There was only one answer — I had often gone through the drill for such an emergency, so there was no hesitation. I jettisoned the canopy, released my harness and, although I would have preferred more height for the operation, I turned the Spit over on its back, rammed the stick forward and out I came perfectly. I pulled the rip cord immediately, but no sooner had the parachute opened than I landed on the side of a mountain and bounced a few times before coming to a stop alongside a passing bush.
He was surprisingly composed, and took me around and down the mountain until we could see a house across the valley below us and could hear someone chopping wood. Using sign language, he told me to sit and wait. There I was introduced to the mother, a well-built lady with a pleasant smile, and to the third son. Then I was taken into a bedroom to be presented to the father, obviously a sick man. A good meal of minestrone and bread followed, and then a surprisingly comfortable first night indoors.
Bitter Harvest: Zimbabwe and the Aftermath of its Independence by Ian Smith