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Instead of leading his people to the "promised land," Mugabe, the first prime minister of the newly-named Zimbabwe, has amassed a fortune for himself, his family and followers and has presided over the murder, torture and starvation of those who oppose him.
This biography offers some explanations for Mugabe's behavior. With the death of his wife in 1992, a moderating influence was lost, and as the years go by, he continues to show himself intolerant of any opposition as he proceeds toward the creation of a one-party state, even though evidence suggests that his country is in terminal decline.
|1.||Origins of Southern Rhodesia||17|
|2.||Mugabe's Early Life||35|
|3.||Mugabe's Formative Years||47|
|5.||Freedom and Exile||67|
|6.||The Lancaster House Conference||75|
|7.||Victory for Mugabe and ZANU-PF||89|
|8.||The Land Question||101|
|9.||The Movement for Democratic Change||115|
|10.||Mugabe Tightens His Grip||127|
|12.||The Earth Summit and Beyond||143|
|13.||Cricket and Coercion||153|
|14.||In Perspective: The Phenomenon of Mugabe||163|
|15.||Thoughts on Leadership and the Future||169|
Posted November 21, 2005
For those who know nothing about Zimbabwe, Norman's book will be informative. Unfortunately, it is also biased and polemical. Granted Robert Mugabe has, in the opinion of most researchers, done little to help his country. But, I think, even his position deserves recognition and consideration. Norman's book does not, and goes so far, in the end, to suggesting assasination. For a more balanced, though similarly critical report see Martin Meredith's 'Our Votes, Our Guns.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.