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Man in the Middle: A Memoir

MAN IN THE MIDDLE photoMan in the Middle: A Memoir, by Father Fidelis Mukonori, SJ (Harare: The House of Books, 2017), x + 301 pages; ISBN: 978-0-7974-7973-9.

Father Fidelis Mukonori, S.J., is one of the unsung heroes of the African liberation movement. In Zimbabwe, those involved with the fight for freedom knew him as an ally without peer. At an age when many were concerned with finding work, making ends meet, or finding a partner in life, he chose to dedicate his life to ending the bitter war that was tearing Rhodesia apart. His remarkable memoir charts the events leading up to the beginning of the Zimbabwean War of Liberation, the vicious struggle that ensued, and goes on to give readers a perspective never before documented in the country’s long and troubled history. His involvement behind the scenes in many of Zimbabwe’s defining moments reveals a history few, if any, have ever known. Not only is this book fundamental reading for all Zimbabweans, it is a fascinating account for anyone wanting to learn about the rise of African nationalism and the liberation movement, told by an African who both witnessed and participated in the way the story unfolded. (From the back cover)

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