Robert Mugabe and the Betrayal of Zimbabwe

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786416868
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/8/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 189
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Having lived in the former Southern Rhodesia, Andrew Norman has had first-hand insight into the circumstances that have led to Zimbabwe's present plight. Norman now lives in Dorset, England.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Preface 13
1. Origins of Southern Rhodesia 17
2. Mugabe's Early Life 35
3. Mugabe's Formative Years 47
4. Imprisonment 59
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
11. Disaster Looms 135
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
16. Recent Developments 173
Notes 177
Bibliography 181
Index 183
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2005

    Some balance...please

    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.'

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