By Daniel Compagnon
When the southern African state of Rhodesia was once reborn as Zimbabwe in 1980, democracy advocates celebrated the defeat of a white supremacist regime and the top of colonial rule. Zimbabwean crowds cheered their new major minister, freedom fighter Robert Mugabe, with little notion of the distress he may convey them. less than his management for the subsequent 30 years, Zimbabwe slid from self-sufficiency into poverty and astronomical inflation. the govt. as soon as praised for its magnanimity and ethnic tolerance used to be denounced by way of leaders like South African Nobel Prize-winner Desmond Tutu. thousands of refugees fled the rustic. How did the heroic Mugabe turn into a hated autocrat, and why have been such a lot of outdoors of Zimbabwe unaware of his bloody misdeeds for therefore long?
In A Predictable Tragedy: Robert Mugabe and the cave in of Zimbabwe Daniel Compagnon finds that whereas the stipulations and perceptions of Zimbabwe had replaced, its chief had now not. From the start of his political occupation, Mugabe used to be a chilly tactician with out regard for human rights. via eyewitness money owed and unflinching research, Compagnon describes how Mugabe and the Zimbabwe African nationwide Union-Patriotic entrance (ZANU-PF) equipped a one-party country lower than an ideological cloak of antiimperialism. to keep up absolute authority, Mugabe undermined one-time best friend Joshua Nkomo, terrorized dissenters, stoked the fires of tribalism, coated up the bloodbath of hundreds of thousands in Matabeleland, and siphoned off public funds to his minions—all good ahead of the overdue Nineteen Nineties, while his makes an attempt at radical land redistribution ultimately drew destructive foreign attention.
A Predictable Tragedy vividly captures the neopatrimonial and authoritarian nature of Mugabe's rule that shattered Zimbabwe's early provides of democracy and gives classes serious to knowing Africa's trouble and its clients for the future.
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A Predictable Tragedy: Robert Mugabe and the Collapse of Zimbabwe by Daniel Compagnon
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