MOI: The Making of an African Statesman

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Daniel arap Moi, the President of Kenya, is one of Africa's longest-serving and most controversial leaders. He has ruled the East African nation since the death of Jomo Kenyatta, the first President, in 1978 and has survived a coup attempt, tribal unrest and economic upheaval. During his long life Moi has seen the turbulent days of British rule, the coming of the first missionaries and the Mau Mau uprising which preceded Independence. In many respects, Moi has acted as a midwife to the nation, guiding the unruly ...
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Overview

Daniel arap Moi, the President of Kenya, is one of Africa's longest-serving and most controversial leaders. He has ruled the East African nation since the death of Jomo Kenyatta, the first President, in 1978 and has survived a coup attempt, tribal unrest and economic upheaval. During his long life Moi has seen the turbulent days of British rule, the coming of the first missionaries and the Mau Mau uprising which preceded Independence. In many respects, Moi has acted as a midwife to the nation, guiding the unruly infant during her first decades since Independence. Over the past three years, Andrew Morton has pieced together a portrait of Moi's extraordinary life. He has been granted unique access to interview Moi's family, his friends, his colleagues - and his enemies.
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In the first authorized biography of President Daniel arap Moi of Kenya, British journalist Morton (Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words, S. & S., 1997) provides insights into the enigmatic character and political philosophy of one of Africa's longest-serving and most controversial leaders. The book is a conscious attempt to probe Moi's background and besmirched international reputation and present a more objective picture of the man and his times, from Kenya's colonial era to the struggle for independence. Morton asserts compellingly that "pragmatic nationalism, combined with his Christian morality and the tribal culture surrounding the chief, are key elements in understanding Moi as a person and also as a politician." His account is enhanced by excellent photographs. A remarkably rich and compelling read, particularly for students and scholars of African politics, history, and cultural studies. [Morton's next book will be Monica's Story, Monica Lewinsky's account of her relationship with President Clinton.--Ed.]--Edward G. McCormack, Univ. of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Lib., Long Beach
Edward G. McCormack
In the first authorized biography of President Daniel arap Moi of Kenya, British journalist Morton provides insights into the enigmatic character and political philosophy of one of Africa's longest-serving and most controversial leaders. Morton asserts compellingly that pragmatic nationalism, combined with his christian morality and tribal culture surrounding the chief, are key elements in understanding Moi as a person and also as a politician. His account is enhanced by excellent photographs. A remarkably rich and compelling read, particularly for students and scholars of African politics, history, and cultural-studies. -- (Edward G. McCormack, Library Journal)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781854792532
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Pages: 216

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: The Naming of Parts 1
Pt. I The Making of a Nation
Ch. 1 Welcome Home the Cattle 24
Ch. 2 By the Banks of the Jordan 33
Ch. 3 Conversion at Midnight 43
Ch. 4 In the Lions' Den 53
Ch. 5 The Road to Independence 60
Ch. 6 Struggle for the Soul of Kenya 75
Pt. II The Making of a President
Ch. 7 The Man Behind the Mask 90
Ch. 8 The Great Survivor 100
Ch. 9 The Passing Cloud 115
Ch. 10 Pistols at Dawn 133
Ch. 11 Man in a Hurry 144
Pt. III New World, New Order
Ch. 12 The Strange Death of Bob Ouko 154
Ch. 13 High Noon 163
Ch. 14 Stop This Nonsense 174
Ch. 15 The President and the Showman 189
Ch. 16 A Question of Succession 197
Chronology 208
Select Bibliography 211
Index 213
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