Author: William Edgett Smith
Loose Leaf: 296 pages
Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (1972)
This book is, as its title would indicate, more of a personal memoir than apolitical analysis.It is also clearly written for the general American reading public, whose knowledge of Africa comes largely from Robert Ruark and M.G.M. The reader must strive to keep these points in mind when assessing its usefulness. William Edgett Smith is a hopeless and incurable Tanzaphiliac.
Five years ago this disease rampaged unchecked through thr pages of journals and the proceeding of conferences. An earl diagnosis by Ali Mazrui in Transition (1967) appears to have been accurate, for as the great expatriate enthusiast have gradually departed, the virus of Tanzaphilia seems to be disappearing.