Dead Leaves: Two Years in the Rhodesian War

Dead Leaves: Two Years in the Rhodesian War

by Dan Wylie
     
 

It is January, 1978. Groups of nervous, dutiful white conscripts begin their National Service with Rhodesia's security forces. Ian Smith's minority regime is in its dying days and negotiations towards majority rule are already under way. For these inexperienced eighteen-year-olds, there is nothing to do but go on fighting, and hold the line while the transition…  See more details below

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It is January, 1978. Groups of nervous, dutiful white conscripts begin their National Service with Rhodesia's security forces. Ian Smith's minority regime is in its dying days and negotiations towards majority rule are already under way. For these inexperienced eighteen-year-olds, there is nothing to do but go on fighting, and hold the line while the transition happens around them. Dead Leaves is a richly textured memoir in which an ordinary troopie grapples with the unique dilemmas presented by an extraordinary period in history - the specters of inner violence and death; the pressurized arrival of manhood; and the place of conscience, friendship and beauty in the pervasive atmosphere of futile warfare.

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At age 18, Wylie began two years of service in Rhodesia's security forces during the late 1970s, during the last days of Ian Smith's minority regime. His memoir is based on diary entries he wrote at the time of service, with reflections by an older Wylie on the paradoxes of war and racial relations in Africa. There is no subject index. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781869140052
Publisher:
University of Kwazulu-Natal Press
Publication date:
03/31/2002
Pages:
196
Sales rank:
1,273,006
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

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