The Great Betrayal

The Memoirs of Ian Douglas Smith

Ian Smith



Ian Smith, former premier of Rhodesia, spares few of his opponents as he gives a forthright account of one of Africa's most controversial political careers. Smith details his boyhood in Southern Rhodesia, his enlistment into the Royal Air Force and his active service during World War II. After the war, he joined the United Federal Party and initiated moves with various British Governments under Macmillian and Douglas-Home. This resulted in the Unilateral Declaration of Independence, and then Britain led the world in adopting sanctions against Rhodesia.


Smith, the white prime minister of Rhodesia who engineered the country's unilateral independence from Britain in 1965 and led resistance to the black majority until Zimbabwe was born of post-civil war negotiations in 1979, has written an unrepentant, heavily detailed account of his leadership. - Publishers Weekly


Ian Smith was a politician, farmer and fighter pilot who served as Prime Minister of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) from 1964 to 1979.