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The Biafra Story

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  278 ratings  ·  20 reviews
This stunning narrative marked the turning point in the writing career of Frederick Forsyth, who subsequently wrote The Dogs of War and The Day of the Jackal. Previously, Forsyth had been a journalist but his book on Biafra marked his remarkable debut as an author. Largely forgotten today, Biafra was a breakaway province of Nigeria and the scene of a bloody civil war in th ...more
Mass Market, 236 pages
Published June 1st 1969 by Penguin Books Ltd
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Friday Otuya
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book depicts the sentiments and personal opinion of a British citizen who witnessed the fighting on the frontlines of the Nigerian Civil war. The injutice pepetrated against the Biafran people by Britain, the US, the OAU, and the UN, can never be forgotten because of the facts this book carries. Hence the author wonders why the governments and organisations who claim to stand for freedom today, watched idly while over 3 million Biafran lives were wasted. It is a must read for every Nigerian ...more
Paul Doyle
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
While this book was first written 35 years ago, there are quite a few lessons that the modern world needs to learn. We still expereience the fall out as Middle Eastern and African countries / colonies come apart. Racial hatred is still prevalent. So many world leaders live in denial, and act as if appeasement is the solution.
This book is just as relevant now as the day it was written.
Dele Cooke
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an author. What a man. Integrity, honour and courage - the only man who aired the truth about the plight of Biafra. A gripping read better than any of his novels. Petitioning for it to be published on Kindle!!
Onalaja Gbenga
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is easily the most comprehensive documentation of the happenings during those dark days of the Nigeria Civil War. Every Nigerian needs to read this. It's totally awakened my consciousness to the suffering the south-east went through in those days and how more humble we all must become in engaging new ideas surfacing around Biafra. The people who don't know their history are wont to repeat the worst aspects of it.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muy buen libro sobre la guerra civil nigeriana , un tema poco tratado y eso que murieron por lo menos 1.500.000 de personas , Forsyth es un maestro narrando y aunque este libro no es ficción, se lee como novela.
Pam Pam
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: already-read
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Dec 03, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as a 12 year old and that's the first profoundly written book I read on war. Need I say how much it shaped my thoughts about the British and where their interests lie?
Randall Volpe
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Biafra entered my life while going to school in the late 1960's. No one could not be left untouched by the photos of starving children, even if they were being used as propaganda. Afterward, I read about the use of airpower during the conflict (Jan "Mr. Brown" Zumbach, Swedish Count Carl Gustav von Rosen and his "Minicoin"or "Minicon" light planes, etc...) but it was only now that I have read a book about the war in general .....Frederick Forsyth's study about the conflict (written at the time, ...more
Robin Winter
Huge inaccuracies abound in this book, but you will understand as you read, that this comes from Frederick Forsyth accepting everything he was told in the field in Biafra, as true. He had no journalistic filter in place, he fell in love with the people and the country and this is his partisan passionate response.

So, read his assertions with a careful eye and double-check what facts he gives. This book is best read alongside others concerning this incredible piece of history-- the war that create
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, aside from being a firsthand historical account, also gave me such a better view of “war” as a concept pulling together the 50,000 foot political/strategic view, the 10,000 foot battle view, and the first-person “soldier in the trenches” view, more so than any other media ever has. The condemnations of the press and the international community are eerily reminiscent (?) of current events. This book can be a little dense, especially on the kindle where one can’t flip back and forth to ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frederick Forsyth gets to the point and writes a dam fine story. Tells the story of the Nigerian Civil war and he actually takes sides. Highly recommended.
John Farebrother
Forsyth's first, and only non-fiction book. It tells in angry detail the story of the Biafra War, also known as the Nigerian Civil War. As usual, the conflict was stoked and fuelled from outside, and the local ordinary members of the public paid the price - a very heavy one. A very informative read, and a good introduction to the recent history of West Africa's most prosperous nation.
Anne Mcarthur
This is a powerfully written book that denounced the power of Britain and the West over post-colonial Nigeria, that tracked and named politicians who let the Biafran war happen, and made a loud cry for support and aid for the Biafran people. What I kept thinking, as I read the book, was that this is what was done before social media. People documented a case, advocated, protested and made passionate appeals. The starvation in Biafra didn't get globally reported until at least 6 months after it s ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of information in one very well written a person who could be taken to be objective (doesn't have any real stakes in either side of the stories being shared).
I did not like some of his sentimental comments about Northern Nigeria needing help to be "modernized". I am not sure I buy his statements that dynasties were formed in the South, because of British presence...
Overall though, it was very thorough in documenting as objectively as possible events in post colonial Nigeria. G
Wes Calloway
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story

A complete detailed account of the Nigerian civil war as told from the Biafra point of view. Well told by Frederick Forsyth.
David Foster
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
A little to many names and facts for my liking. Non-fiction.
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesante historia acerca de la guerra Nigeria - Biafra. Me llamó la atención los comportamientos de los grandes paises, y como se repiten en la historia.
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Frederick Forsyth, CBE is an English author and occasional political commentator. He is best known for thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Fourth Protocol, The Dogs of War, The Devil's Alternative, The Fist of God, Icon, The Veteran, Avenger, The Afghan, and recently The Cobra and The Kill List.

The son of a furrier, he was born in Ashford, Kent, educated at Tonbridge Scho