The world knows Robert Mugabe as the longtime head of Zimbabwe, the African nation that’s home to one of the world’s most dysfunctional economies. Before he came to power in 1980, Mugabe spent more than a decade as a political prisoner. Historian Martin Meredith delves deeply into Mugabe’s time as a freedom fighter in the 1960s and 1970s, and the first two decades of his rule. Meredith reports that Mugabe was a serious, self-disciplined man who showed signs of moderation and multiracialism, initially. But his rule quickly devolved into abject cronyism and totalitarianism, as he took cues from the well-worn playbook of autocratic strongmen. Mugabe cracked down on the judiciary and the press and demanded bribes even while, seemingly, pursuing civic-minded efforts such as land redistribution and airport expansion. Through it all, Mugabe showed utter indifference to the suffering of his subjects, who endured decades of declining health care, soaring unemployment and hyperinflation. getAbstract recommends this insightful biography to anyone looking for background on an African dictator who ran his own country into the ground.
In this book, you will learn
- How Robert Mugabe came to power in Zimbabwe,
- How he maintained his position and
- Why millions of Zimbabweans fled his rule.
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