Professor Paul Moorcraft has written what will undoubtedly be recognised as the definitive work on war and revolution in Southern Africa over the last 60 years. It is also his masterpiece in his writing on Southern Africa. This book is a must-read for anybody interested in the political and military history of Southern Africa. It is a military history as well as a political one and the military detail is impressive. As a former instructor at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in England and having also taught at the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College, Professor Moorcraft is uniquely qualified to describe the broad picture of South African military strategy in the region. When these qualifications are combined with his own personal experiences and insights as a front-line war correspondence in Southern Africa, they make for a remarkable and compelling book.
This is an extremely comprehensive review of the recent military history of Southern Africa. This is a much more academic treatment of a topic than the author's customary style with a staggering amount of detail right down to individual battlefield accounts.
If you are looking for an all embracing account of all the various players with their frequently evolving alliances and disputes you will be well rewarded, although you will need to concentrate if you really want to understand the ZANU, ZANLA and ZIPRAS of that particular world!
If that is the level of detail that you want it is difficult to imagine a better source.There are the usual anecdotes and insights from someone who was well connected and close to the action.
Well worth a read for the specialist.