A Complicated War: The Harrowing Of Mozambique

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A Complicated War: The Harrowing Of Mozambique

By William Finnegan
University of California Press, 1992
325 pp. $25.00
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This is the most vivid and penetrating account to date of the mayhem and devastation in Mozambique in the 1980s. Finnegan, a gifted writer on the staff of The New Yorker, has gone after the sordid Renamo story with tenacity and sensitivity, getting close enough to the war on the ground to be able to assess even such complex aspects of the conflict as the phenomenon of social banditry and the influence of traditional healers and spirit mediums.