Under the Skin

The Death of White Rhodesia

David Caute


This book is out of print.


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. Although this reportage does not add much that is new to the outlines of the Rhodesian black white conflict, the vignettes do enlarge our understanding of the white psychology underlying it.


It is documentary journalism at its best with ample servings of all shades of white opinion from the most outspoken racists to those few who welcomed with misgivings the victory of African nationalism. - Aaron Segal, Africa Today


David Caute is a British author, novelist, playwright, historian and journalist.