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.