Black, White, and Chrome

The United States and Zimbabwe, 1953 to 1998

Andrew DeRoche


This book is mainly available in North America.


This book examines the United States’ relations with Zimbabwe from the 1950s to the late 1990s and offers a new interpretation of the US role in facilitating the settlement that brought peace and independence in Zimbabwe in 1980. By revealing the increasing importance of race relations in U.S. foreign policy from the 1960s to the 1980s, DeRoche fills the wide gap in the written history of US relations with Southern Africa. He includes extensive discussion about the influence of African Americans on US foreign policy from A. Philip Randolph, Martin Luther King, and Whitney Young in the 1950s and 1960s to Charles Diggs, Andrew Young, Randall Robinson, and Ronald Dellums in the 1970s and 1980s.


Employing an exhaustive amount of first-rate materials and interviews into his research, Andrew DeRoche, an up and coming scholar of diplomatic history, has provided a splendid account of the complexities - setbacks, victories, racism, pain, pleasure and other elements that were a part of the relationship between the United Staes and Rhodesia. - E. D. Watson, Amazon


Andy DeRoche was born and raised in Maine. He earned a history BA from Princeton, a history MA from Maine, and a history PhD from Colorado. His first book was on US/Zimbabwe relations, and his second was a biography of Andrew Young.