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On March 18, 1975, Herbert Chitepo, an African nationalist in exile and chairman of the war council that struggled to liberate Zimbabwe from white-ruled Rhodesia, was killed by a car bomb. Since then, there have been four confessions and at least as many accusations about who was responsible. In The Assassination of Herbert Chitepo, Luise White does not set out to resolve questions about who was accountable for this horrible murder. Instead, in a style that is as much murder mystery as it is history writing, she uncovers what is at stake in the various confessions and why Chitepo's assassination continues to incite conflict and controversy in Zimbabwe's national politics. White casts doubt on official accounts of the murder and addresses how and for whom history is written and how myths and ideas about civic culture were founded in war-torn Zimbabwe. Although the truth about the assassination of Herbert Chitepo may never be known, readers will discover how one man's murder continues to unsettle Zimbabwe.
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Preliminary Table of Contents:
Characters in Order of Appearance
A Note on Place Names
Indiana University Press
Posted October 29, 2011
I remember that day in Chilenje South, a suburb in southern Lusaka Zambia. I saw that grey/white VW Bug that belonged to Herbert Chitepo, it was blown almost to smithereens, and yes the uprooted tree is accurately described, and the fence was torn like nothing I had ever seen before ... little did I know that I was a part of history that day in 1975 even though I was but a little boy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.