REBELS, AND DIVIDENDS: The Kalanga Story by  Smith


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His job as African correspondent for the Chicago Daily News put Hempstone on the scene when the troops of the United Nations strove to force Molse Tshombe's Katanga back into the . His assessment of the Katanga question differs somewhat from the other books in this group because the present situation in Katanga differs from that in Hungary, and Germany in that the Province in not now Communist- book belongs in the group because of charges that Communist interference, however marginal, is drawing Katanga into the Cold War. Hempstone chiefly seeks to spell and the requirements and desires of the various vested interests pitching for Kalangese allegiance. He asserts that the decision to compel Tahombe to abandon secession must have been taken by officials who are ""either lamentably uninformed about Katanga, or... choose to ignore the facts of history for political purposes"". He apparently does not make the charge lightly. Although he repeatedly disavows any personal stake in the matter, he presents a case so thoroughly pro-secession that he files sparely into the prevailing wind of most other books on the subject and of the accepted public consensus. It is difficult to judge how many readers will agree with his conclusions, but they will certainly have gotten a broadside of sympathetic opinion on problems affecting all of Africa and the world.

Pub Date: July 1st, 1962
Publisher: Praeger