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Robert Mugabe came to power in Zimbabwe in 1980 after a long civil war in Rhodesia. The white minority government had become an international outcast in refusing to give in to the inevitability of black majority rule. Finally the defiant white prime minister Ian Smith was forced to step down and Mugabe was elected president. Initially he promised reconciliation between white and blacks, encouraged Zimbabwe's economic and social development, and was admired throughout the world as one of the leaders of the emerging nations and as a model for a transition from colonial leadership. But as Martin Meredith shows in this history of Mugabe's rule, Mugabe from the beginning was sacrificing his purported ideals—and Zimbabwe's potential—to the goal of extending and cementing his autocratic leadership. Over time, Mugabe has become ever more dictatorial, and seemingly less and less interested in the welfare of his people, treating Zimbabwe's wealth and resources as spoils of war for his inner circle. In recent years he has unleashed a reign of terror and corruption in his country. Like the Congo, Angola, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Liberia, Zimbabwe has been on a steady slide to disaster. Now for the first time the whole story is told in detail by an expert. It is a riveting and tragic political story, a morality tale, and an essential text for understanding today's Africa.

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After a long civil war in Rhodesia, Robert Mugabe came to power in Zimbabwe in 1980, and in this history of Mugabes rule, the author chronicles how Mugabe has become ever more dictatorial, and seemingly less and less interested in the welfare of his people, for this riveting and tragic political story.

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By the author of The Fate of Africa: an updated and fully revised edition of "the best argued and best written indictment [of Mugabe] yet."—The Economist

About the Author

Martin Meredith has spent much of his life writing about Africa: first as a foreign correspondent for the London Observer and Sunday Times, then as a research fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford, and now as an independent author and commentator. He is the author of In the Name of Apartheid: South Africa's New Era, The Past is Another Country, The First Dance of Freedom, Nelson Mandela, and Coming to Terms: South Africa's Search for Truth.

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ISBN:
9781586485580
Author:
Meredith, Martin
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Subject:
General
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Africa - South - General
Subject:
World
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 9.8 oz

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"Synopsis" by , After a long civil war in Rhodesia, Robert Mugabe came to power in Zimbabwe in 1980, and in this history of Mugabes rule, the author chronicles how Mugabe has become ever more dictatorial, and seemingly less and less interested in the welfare of his people, for this riveting and tragic political story.
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By the author of The Fate of Africa: an updated and fully revised edition of "the best argued and best written indictment [of Mugabe] yet."—The Economist
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