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by David Caute

  • ISBN: 0140056041
  • Category: History
  • Author: David Caute
  • Subcategory: Africa
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New Ed edition (September 29, 1983)
  • Pages: 448 pages
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  • Rating: 4.9
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Caute was unable to conceal his clear contempt for white Rhodesians.

Caute was unable to conceal his clear contempt for white Rhodesians. Had he done so, this book may have misled some readers into believing that this was a reasonably balanced record of the events and views of the population at the time. There is no doubt that he would have met with and interviewed many white Rhodesians in the general populace with moderate or even left-wing opinions. It is, however, regrettable that Caute appears to have been unable to relate to the extreme angst and fear that was experienced by those people, both black and white, whose way of life was directly and horrifically impacted upon during this time.

Under the Skin: Death of White Rhodesia. 0713913576 (ISBN13: 9780713913576).

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A British journalist with long experience in Rhodesia assembles a fascinating montage of historical and contemporary (pre-independence) facts and anecdotes, showing the origins of the ultimately self-defeating white Rhodesian posture in the racist certitudes of the 19th century "pioneer" colonizers.

Find sources: "David Caute" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (January 2011) (Learn how . Under the Skin: The Death of White Rhodesia, London: Allen Lane, 1983; Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1983. The K-Factor: A Novel, London: Joseph, 1983.

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David Caute is the author of such books as The Fellow-Travellers and The Great Fear. Northwestern University Press, 1983. the University of Virginia. Bibliographic information. Under the skin: the death of white Rhodesia.

Publisher: Northwestern University Press. Description: Hardcover with dust jacket 446 pages

Publisher: Northwestern University Press. Description: Hardcover with dust jacket 446 pages. Condition: Lower spine cap lightly bumped. Otherwise the book looks unread. Dust Jacket: Some shelf wear and scuffing. Some light chipping at the lower spine.

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Under the Skin: Death of White Rhodesia: ISBN 9780140056044 (978-0-14-005604-4) Softcover, Penguin Books Ltd, 1983. Founded in 1997, BookFinder. Learn More at LibraryThing. Caute,David at LibraryThing.

Traces the political history of Zimbabwe from 1976 to 1980 and examines the development of the country's racial strife
Reviews about Under the Skin: Death of White Rhodesia (7):
Quashant
It is not good to pretent to have all the information and write real situations into the one-sided opinon and twist the truth. It is very racist towards the white minority, who worked so hard for the whole nation. The minority that started so many charities, so the majority could benifit. I regonised many situations in the book and got very angry the way the author twisted the truth around. I am happy to find this page so I can review my opinon. The Commercial (white) farmers cleared the bush and made the land fertile. They didnot steal the farms from the Africans. The African way of farming is different and the most products grown on the farms were introduced by the white farmers. Irrigation and fertilising is not the the African way to farm. Mr Caute writes as if the farmers had a easy life while the truth is that they get up at 4 in the morning and work till the sun sets. His book is good in the way he wrote it but he didnot tell the truth about Rhodesia or the Rhodesians. Also the war is written from a leftwing opinon and the torture of the peasents by the terrorists is not mentioned.
Quemal
After spending a 15 hour flight from NYC to South Africa sitting next to a former Rhodesian, I picked up this book to learn about the end of that nation. There is so little information available about this chapter of world history, that I found this book to be quite informative. The use of large number of vignettes with varying viewpoints was helpful in getting a sense of the times, though the book does seem to take the traditional leftist viewpoints of manipulative exploitative out-of-touch whites and exploited peasants, passing on the contributions of western society made by western immigrants. I did like the use of news article-like explanations of every single casualty in the war (sarcasm) to give you a sense of the fear that was created in the white suburban community, and the bravado of the rhodesian military. Well worth reading!
kinder
This book contained a fairly thorough outline of events during an important and tumultuous period (1977 to 1982) in the history of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. Much of the information contained therein was considered to be highly sensitive by the Smith/Muzorewa governments of the day, and did not make the local press, so the opportunity to read it was welcome. The details of the atrocities committed by Mugabe's forces after Independence were also kept out of the local press, but this is not a suitable text to gain insight into these as it is light on detail on these matters, which is in keeping with the author's political stance.

Caute was unable to conceal his clear contempt for white Rhodesians. Had he done so, this book may have misled some readers into believing that this was a reasonably balanced record of the events and views of the population at the time. There is no doubt that he would have met with and interviewed many white Rhodesians in the general populace with moderate or even left-wing opinions. He just chose not to report on these.

Some of the predictions made by one of the characters in an early chapter have, in hindsight, proven to be very accurate. This would come as no surprise for students of post-colonial Africa, but it is unfortunate for the author, as it undermines his attempts to portray the individual as an ill-informed, racist myopic.

Reporters do, of necessity, become battle-hardened. It is, however, regrettable that Caute appears to have been unable to relate to the extreme angst and fear that was experienced by those people, both black and white, whose way of life was directly and horrifically impacted upon during this time.

In summary: A comprehensive record of white civilian casualties during this period, coupled with a reasonable overview of political events of the time, interspersed with an interesting insight into the tendency of some "historians" to promote their own agendas.
sergant
I grew up in the country through the period Caute writes about, and this is by far the most brilliantly observed book on Rhodesia and Rhodesians that I have ever read. It's hardly surprising that Caute attracts the opprobrium of some reviewers - former Rhodesians no doubt - and one star ratings, as he lays bare the racism the country was founded on, and the savagery the Smith regime used to try to preserve minority privilege. He does so with fantastically acute reportage, great writing, layer upon of unassailable facts, and occasionally acid humour. Caute interviewed Rhodesians the length and breadth of the country in the four years leading up to independence against a backdrop of escalating civil war, and he allows his subjects to speak unmediated - often with devastating results. Sometimes it takes an outsider to see things clearly, and Caute is the most perceptive writer on Rhodesia I have read. And as his great book on Dambudzo Marachera shows, he is certainly no apologist for Zanu-PF or their many crimes.
Goldendragon
An incisive and unvarnished view of the war in Rhodesia that examines its political, military and personal dimensions. That it garners insults like "liberal" and "politically correct" tells more about the commenters than the author. There is a wide range of viewpoints represented here and unflattering portraits aren't reserved only for whites (as opposed to what many reviewers here would have you believe - unreconstituted Rhodies and "When We's", no doubt.) There are also sympathetic portraits that run the gamut - on second reading, I was actually suprised at how much this applied to white Rhodesians. Apparently, Caute's "crime" is not to write what some select groups want to read - too bad. For that, you'll have to resort to cardboard, simplistic accounts that glorify Rhodesia.
Mazuzahn
Basicly what Michael Moor would say on the account of Rhodesia. If you are of that political oppinion, then yes, this is the book for you. You will get what you want. Others, go elsewhere for an honest review of Rhodesia's history. You do not have to go to the extreme left or right to get a good account of Rhodesia. Unfortunately this book is so extremely left wing, it falls off the page.
Andriodtargeted
Very vivid account of the War for Independence. A must read!

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