CECIL RHODES: Colossus of Southern Africa by

CECIL RHODES: Colossus of Southern Africa

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Rhodes' 19th century imprint is stamped across the length and breadth of 20th century Africa South. The boy who went out to South Africa for his health stayed to make a fortune with which to finance his dreams of a united Africa under the British flag and to extend British influence across the continent. This empire builder, with a passion for education, gave his name and money to the Rhodes' Scholarships as well as to Rhodesia, where he hoped to fulfill his hopes for a multi-racial society. Messrs. Lockhart and Woodhouse have performed a service in gathering data and information, hitherto only available in scattered volumes, in drawing on many acknowledged sources, including the use of a pipeline to the Rhodes' papers in Rhodes House, Oxford -- and in producing a popular biography which goes far in elucidating many of the confusing ramifications of African nationalism and South African intransigence today. Here is a patchwork biography, skillfully woven into a readable whole.

Pub Date: April 15th, 1963
Publisher: Macmillan