Our Votes, Our Guns: Robert Mugabe and the Tragedy of Zimbabwe

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"Robert Mugabe was once hailed around the world as a revolutionary hero. After a fierce civil war against white minority rule in Rhodesia, he emerged as the new leader of Zimbabwe, embracing the cause of reconciliation and racial harmony. Hopes were high that Mugabe had the intelligence, political savvy and idealistic vision to overcome the legacy of war and forge ahead with economic and social development. As Western governments lined up with promises of aid, Zimbabwe at independence in 1980 seemed destined for an era of peace and prosperity."
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Overview

"Robert Mugabe was once hailed around the world as a revolutionary hero. After a fierce civil war against white minority rule in Rhodesia, he emerged as the new leader of Zimbabwe, embracing the cause of reconciliation and racial harmony. Hopes were high that Mugabe had the intelligence, political savvy and idealistic vision to overcome the legacy of war and forge ahead with economic and social development. As Western governments lined up with promises of aid, Zimbabwe at independence in 1980 seemed destined for an era of peace and prosperity." "The honeymoon did not last long. Determined to gain total power through a one-party system, Mugabe unleashed a campaign of mass murder and terror against his political opponents in Matabeleland." Today Zimbabwe is a country beset by violence and lawlessness, regarded by the international community as a pariah state. Its economy is in tatters. Determined to stay in power, Mugabe has used armed gangs to crush political opposition, subverted the rule of law, undermined the judiciary, harassed the independent press and vilified the small white community.
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The Nation
Fast paced and readable.
Wall Street Journal
Meredith's concise and lucid [book] gives some answers [regarding Zimbabwe], in the shape of Mr. Mugabe's career and character.
Booknews
A study in the decline of national idealism, this book tells of the current period of Zimbabwe's history, from decolonization and the civil war in Rhodesia to the murder of white farmers prior to the 2002 national election. Much of the story focuses on the life of one man<-->Robert Mugabe<-->who came to power in 1980, led the country through a long period of economic and social development, and became increasingly autocratic and corrupt in the process. Meredith is a former African correspondent for the and the . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586481285
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 1/31/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Priest and the President 1
2 The Making of a Revolutionary 19
3 The Honeymoon 41
4 Gukurahundi 59
5 The New Elite 77
6 Family Affairs 95
7 The Land Issue 111
8 Enter the War Veterans 133
9 Congo Riches 147
10 Chinja Maitiro! 159
11 The Invasions 167
12 The Third Chimurenga 191
13 Real Men 209
14 A Stolen Election 225
15 Endgame 233
Select Bibliography 237
Index 241
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