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  • Posted June 30, 2010

    A Yank in Rhodesia before the Storm...

    This is a readable personal story (non-political) about an American who moved to Rhodesia in 1974 in order to pursue a dream of being a rural policeman, but instead got caught up in an escalating counter-terrorist campaign that found him training African police officers in paramilitary operations for the former Rhodesia's British South Africa Police. A former NCIS agent in Vietnam, Mr. Hubbard had taken leave in Rhodesia while serving in Vietnam, and became enamored with the physical beauty of the country and the open hospitality and friendliness of its people. The book provides nice insights in the character and traditions of the people of the former country of Rhodesia, before the dark days of the kleptocracy and terror of Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe. It also provides very interesting background on the former Rhodesian government's counterterrorism plans and operations from the perspective of an American who had engaged in similiar efforts in Vietnam. This book will appeal to readers with an interest in Africa, political history, coming of age stories, and counterterrorist training. While Mr. Hubbard was not involved in the intense combat operations that were to eventuate beginning in 1977, the book makes a nice companion piece to other coming of age books set against the backdrop of the Rhodesian conflict such as Peter Godwin's "Mukiwa" and Chris Cocks' "Fireforce."

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