Mugabe : Power and Plunder in Zimbabwe

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This biography of Robert Mugabe charts the life of this autocratic leader from his rise to power in 1980 when he promised reconciliation and unification to the country now called Zimbabwe, to 2003. Initially, Mugabe was admired thoughout the world as one of the leaders of the emerging nations and as a model for good transition from colonial leadership. But month by month, year by year, Mugabe's rule has become increasingly autocratic; his methods, increasingly violent. Now, Zimbabwe has become a pariah among nations, rife with violence and corruption. Mugabe rules with an iron hand, while his people die of hunger, disease and violence. What happened to this formerly thriving African state? Journalist Martin Meredith brings the story right up to date and provides an account of a tragic political more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 140 x 210mm | 343g
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1586482130
  • 9781586482138

About Martin Meredith

Martin Meredith was a foreign correspondent for the Observer and Sunday Times, a research fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford, and is now an independent author and commentator. He is the author of In the Name of Apartheid: South Africa's New Era, Nelson Mandela, Coming to Terms: South Africa's Search for Truth, and Elephant more

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"Highly readable, clear and fast-moving. It is excellent on Mugabe's early life and the way he became drawn into the struggle of Zimbabwe. It is also well-timed...." The Financial Times; "Martin Meredith's account of the pursuit of power and plunder is especially good on the early years of Mugabe..." The Daily Telegraph; "As a well-written chronicle of Zimbabwe's degradation, this book is of great value." The Sunday Telegraph; "Martin Meredith's book is not so much a biography as a brief gallop through the unfolding moral fable of independent Zimbabwe to the present day...a useful short guide..." The Sunday Timesshow more

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