By Daniel Compagnon
When the southern African kingdom of Rhodesia used to be 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 might deliver them. below his management for the following 30 years, Zimbabwe slid from self-sufficiency into poverty and astronomical inflation. the govt. as soon as praised for its magnanimity and ethnic tolerance was once denounced via leaders like South African Nobel Prize-winner Desmond Tutu. hundreds of thousands of refugees fled the rustic. How did the heroic Mugabe develop into a hated autocrat, and why have been such a lot of outdoor of Zimbabwe ignorant 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 no longer. From the start of his political profession, Mugabe was once a chilly tactician without regard for human rights. via eyewitness debts and unflinching research, Compagnon describes how Mugabe and the Zimbabwe African nationwide Union-Patriotic entrance (ZANU-PF) outfitted a one-party nation below an ideological cloak of antiimperialism. to take care of absolute authority, Mugabe undermined one-time best friend Joshua Nkomo, terrorized dissenters, stoked the fires of tribalism, coated up the bloodbath of millions in Matabeleland, and siphoned off public funds to his minions—all good earlier than the overdue Nineties, whilst his makes an attempt at radical land redistribution ultimately drew detrimental 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 provides classes severe to figuring out Africa's obstacle and its clients for the future.
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A Predictable Tragedy: Robert Mugabe and the Collapse of Zimbabwe by Daniel Compagnon