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Testimony of a
by J.M. Greenfield
Books of Zimbabwe, 1978
220 x 150 mm, xix, 259 pp., 25 illus., Publishers' Introduction, Foreword by Prof. N. Munger, 1978.
ISBN (Std) 0 86920 172 7.
This author's memoirs move from his boyhood spent in the
Hillside area of Bulawayo, where he arrived in 1909, through his
student days overseas and a law practice on his home ground, to
the Rhodesian and Federal political arenas.
He takes the reader behind the scenes and through the corridors of power to his numerous meetings with members of the British government, among them Prime Ministers and Secretaries of State. His disclosures make interesting reading and will form a valuable part of the record, notably of the protracted negotiations, fruifless and frustrating in the extreme, which led to the break-up of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland with its laudable concept of racial partnership.
Coming at the end of an era of minority rule, Greenfield's book is well timed. It covers a broader canvas than the title might suggest, though the main emphasis is on Federal times. His testimony is not hearsay, and may be a useful corrective to some of the impressions conveyed in A History of Rhodesia by Lord Blake, after listening to what others had to say.
"Greenfleld impresses me as a man of integrity who is trying sincerely to give a balanced account of politics in his country, and this book certainly illuminates many of the issues for readers outside the country."
"Testimony of a Rhodesian Federal is a considerable contribution to political literature in Rhodesia."
ALA N LENNOX~SHORT 'Talking of Books; S.A.B.C.
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