Focusing on the cruel trend of events that has transformed once-proud Mozambique and Angola into mendicant states, Saul places the virtual recolonization of the region in the context of global “structural adjustment.”
John Saul is a scholar-activist who has devoted his working life to participation on the intellectual front-line of the “30 years war” in Southern Africa. This moving book of essays is the product of those years of observation … Amongst other things, Saul illuminates the crippling setback to the progressive development project of Frelimo in Mozambique, which in earlier works he described so hopefully. Yet he does so without capitulating to fashionable revisionism which would deny Frelimo’s honorable place in the theory of and practice of the region’s struggle for an alternative to the devastation neo-colonialism has brought to post-colonial Africa. Characteristically he ends his book with a cautiously optimistic tone as he carefully describes the still undefeated strengths of the organized labor movement in South Africa.
– Victoria Brittain, The Guardian, and author of Hidden Lives, Hiddent Deaths: South Africa’s Crippling of a Continent
John Saul’s most recent collection of essays brings his analysis of the struggle for liberation in Southern Africa to bear on its latest and hopefully final phase. A close engagement with the dilemmas confronting both leaders and ordinary people throughout their thirty-year war has always been a hallmark of his work and it is no less evident here. Southern Africans and those who identify with their cause will find this book a provocative, sometimes uncomfortable, but always forward-looking and constructive intervention.
– Colin Leys, author of Underdevelopment in Kenya and Politics in Britain
John Saul is one of Canada’s most persuasive public commentators on Southern African politics. [He also] has been enormously influential in academic circles, in part because he demonstrates how a flexible and non-dogmatic marxism can bring fresh insights to our understanding of the region.
– Jonathan Crush, Queen’s University