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Diplomatic Soldiering
Diplomatic Soldiering
By Joe Garba. Ibadan
Spectrum Books (in association with Safari Books, Channel Islands, U.K.), 1987, 238 pp

In this memoir of his stint as Nigerian minister of external affairs (from 1976 to 1978), General Garba recounts with marvelous candor his personal dealings with African, American, European and Soviet leaders while advancing Nigeria's influence generally, and, in particular, its growing role in southern Africa as an honorary member of the Frontline States. The general's story of negotiations and machinations on Angola, Zimbabwe, the U.N., ECOWAS and other matters should provide students with valuable source material and at the same time entertain readers with its down-to-earth and sometimes hilarious demythologizing of people and events.