Once Upon a White Man

A Memoir of War & Peace in Africa

Graham Atkins


  • Unknown publisher
  • Unknown city
  • 2012
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 256 pages


From a colonial childhood, to the front-line of Rhodesia's vicious civil war, to the final disintegration of Mugabe's post-colonial Zimbabwe - this is the traumatic story of a conflicted young man who experiences the tragedy of his life and homeland being torn asunder. A gripping love declaration to Africa with the troubles of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe as background, the real protagonist of this book is Africa with all her wonders and horrors.


Highly recommended for lovers of the continent, especially those longing for a well-balanced and honest insider’s account of recent African history. - B. Pataki


Graham Atkins studied town planning at Wits University. In 1979, when the Rhodesian bush war was at its height, he was conscripted as an officer in the Zimbabwe-Rhodesia army. He worked first as a town planner for the new Zimbabwe government.