The Angolan War: A Study in Soviet Policy in the Third World

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The Angolan War: A Study in Soviet Policy in the Third World

By Arthur Jay Klinghoffer
Westview Press, 1980
229 pp. $22.50
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This definitive study offers an impressively balanced assessment of evolving Soviet aims in the Angolan civil war, concluding that the U.S.S.R. came only in time to recognize an irresistible opportunity to gain a position of influence in southern Africa. Even more important is the clear account-by far the most complete to date-of the complicated interaction among the many forces involved, including the Soviets, Americans, Chinese, Portuguese, Cubans, South Africans, Zaïrois, Zambians, the Organization for African Unity (OAU), and the three Angolan liberation factions.