By Avery Morrow
Published: February 18, 2012.
This academic research explores the ideology of religious studies with respect to early 20th century studies of Japan. Since 1945, “State Shintō” has been defined in academic literature as a state religion. In fact, the Japanese government took concrete steps to separatetheir patriotic ceremonies from religion; it was Christian missionaries who encouraged the opposite view.
This book is well worth your time. Mr. Elsden never leaves his area of expertise or purports to tell the whole story of South Africa, but by sticking to what he saw he does a great job of filling his readers in on parts of that story that the outside world never got a chance to see. The author has a lack of vanity and a level of maturity and conscience that makes his autobiography a pleasurable read even for a stranger, although I sometimes wish he had supplied us with more detail about what it was like to work on the streets.
Personally, some of the shock and tragedy in this book was so far outside my personal experience, the only images I could summon into my head were scenes from the film /District 9/-- which I suppose gave the world a more intimate look at South Africa than most people realized.
This book is world class. It deserves to find a publisher immediately. What we have here is a memoir of a wise and moderate man, who did his best to save Rhodesia from self-destruction, and tried to earn a decent living in the resulting Zimbabwe for many years. The author's attention to detail is as good as that of any bestselling autobiography. He remembers things that both racists and leftists would rather forget-- the culture of humiliation and violence that made Rhodesia unsustainable, and the ugly silence of world opinion that made it possible for Mugabe to get away with genocide and ethnic cleansing. I wish it were twice as long. Even though I've never been to Africa, this book tore me from my political views and made me think seriously about the goals of humanity.
It's quite sad that this well-written, passionate book hasn't gotten a single review since 2009.
I bought three books about the apartheid era from Smashwords. One was great, one was amazing and professional quality. This one was terrible. Unreadable pap, written by someone with no capacity for critical thought.
The author has evidently been under a rock since 1993. His memoir/novel/whatever ends in 1993, with his liberal utopia being realized, and he has no idea what happened afterwards. It's been EIGHTEEN YEARS. Did you read the newspaper ONCE since then? Where is your utopia now? Why haven't you moved back to South Africa to enjoy its fruits?
He also can't write and can't edit his writing. He writes like a third grader with a learning impediment. The first chapter or so might look half decent but after that it gets unreadable. Absolutely do not buy this under any circumstances.