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Three Sips of Gin: Dominating the Battlespace with Rhodesia's famed Selous Scouts

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  184 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
In “Three Sips of Gin” the author gives a fascinating account of what it was like growing up in the decadence of colonial East Africa and then of being caught up in the turbulence of an African continent at war with itself. Later we immerse ourselves with the author in the intrigues, scandals and humor of a large corporate boardroom in South Africa where longevity of servi ...more
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published August 19th 2013 by Helion and Company (first published May 7th 2011)
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Trish Jackson
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Truth is stranger than fiction--definitely in Tim Bax's life. He doesn't need to write fiction because his life story is probably more interesting than anything he could make up.
A well-written, humorous and fascinating look into his life in Africa, and the challenges he has had to overcome.
Elizabeth Young
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very well written and entertaining. The Bax family has adventures and Timothy recounts them in vivid detail. Gives a picture of East Africa in the 1960's-1970's that we don't often get. You will enjoy it!
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book. Mr Bax, what a legend!
Greer Noble
One of the most uniquely insightful books on the Rhodesian Bush War I've ever had the pleasure to read. It's well written which in itself is refreshing these days, as is the author's consistently unassuming style. His ability to seduce the reader in becoming one with him, seeing everything unfold through his eyes, is uncanny. The energy, bravery and spirit of adventure with which the author portrays himself and his comrades-in-arms gives the word 'courage' a new meaning. The entire book is 'bull ...more
Liz Balaam
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Having grown up in Rhodesia, and having a Selous Scout for a brother-in-law I was really interested to read this book. I must say I really enjoyed the humour, although I cannot possibly imagine how one person could possibly drink quite this much. I do think, however, although perhaps it was the author's intention to keep the book very lighthearted, and having been there at that time, that the harsh reality as life as a Selous Scout has been pushed to the side. The guys were brave and suffered mu ...more
Greer Noble
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Bullet-ridden' with 'laugh-out-loud' humour! Never will I again be able to have a Gin without it putting a smile on my face! This is, without a doubt, one of the most enthralling and exciting memoirs I've read! The author has a remarkable ability to transport one back in time as if it were yesterday.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is one of the most stimulating books I've read on post-independence Africa since Kapuscinski's "Shadow of the Sun." Bax's accounts of his early childhood and young adulthood in colonial Africa, Canada, and then back to Rhodesia are fascinating, and provide insight into the revolutionary situation in southern Africa as one of the forgotten battlegrounds and intersections of the colonial revolutionary struggle and greater Cold War geopolitics. My only complaint about the book is that after Rh ...more
Pretty good book all in all. I would recommend this to all my military compatriots but that's about the only circle that I'd recommend it in, honestly. It wasn't so good that it would appeal to people outside of the military. Maybe there is some appeal for people who like a good adventure story.

This is the story about a South African who became Canadian and then Rhodesian and then who knows what . . . maybe South African again? Oh yeah, and he was shot a bunch, drank a lot, and was a lumber jack
David Mcelroy
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazing life of a man at arms. Too unbelievable to not be true.

This is a well written account of life on the line for a warrior in just one more year that was lost by unwilling government leaders, but fought by men who lived life with gusto.
Steve Whittaker
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Well written personal account about a little know war. Very poignant and at times very funny. One thing I learned: if I ever meet a former Rhodesian don't offer to buy them a drink; it will only lead to several more and possible mayhem.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. The author gave a personal
Description that was exciting and could not put it down.
Matt Hansen
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it

I enjoyed the way the book was written and found it easy to get into.
I found myself laughing at the way things where done back then.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is the type of interesting life story most of us have only the pleasure of living out in a vicarious manner. It is well worth the read.
Tony Culmer
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
realy interesting autobiography from an ex-scout. Written as a yarn told in the first person, a lot of tongue in cheek, but interesting none the less.
Frederic Woodbridge
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Drinking Games

An enjoyable read, with a few gritty parts that slowed down an otherwise galloping read near the end. 4 stars.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: africa
A really interesting read with lots of entertaining stories and insights. There are lots of stories about the author's life before, and after, his time in the Selous Scouts but the stories about his time in the Selous Scouts are particularly interesting. He really sets the scene and feel of the time and brilliantly portrays the various characters in his life.
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This feels like several books in one, but is nonetheless a very enjoyable read. The author (Tim Bax) recites events in a straightforward manner without too much interpretation (with some deadpan humor added in), but provides enough detail that you get an excellent feeling for life at various periods in the book. Initially, it is a book about childhood as a Brit in post-WWII colonial Africa, including tacit discussion of some of the happenings and cultural oddities of that situation, that segues ...more
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Excellent read, with many laugh out loud moments. The subject on the Rhodesian war could have been a very heavy depressing one but the seriousness of the situations were filtered through so well with tasteful humour and genuine modesty, so well written. I Loved it ! and I am waiting with anticipation for the next book Tim Bax.
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