By Daniel Compagnon
When the southern African kingdom 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 best minister, freedom fighter Robert Mugabe, with little inspiration of the distress he may convey them. below 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 was once denounced via leaders like South African Nobel Prize-winner Desmond Tutu. 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 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 no longer. From the start of his political occupation, Mugabe used to be a chilly tactician with out regard for human rights. via eyewitness bills and unflinching research, Compagnon describes how Mugabe and the Zimbabwe African nationwide Union-Patriotic entrance (ZANU-PF) outfitted a one-party nation less than 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 hundreds of thousands in Matabeleland, and siphoned off public cash to his minions—all good earlier than the past due Nineteen Nineties, whilst his makes an attempt at radical land redistribution eventually drew adverse foreign attention.
A Predictable Tragedy vividly captures the neopatrimonial and authoritarian nature of Mugabe's rule that shattered Zimbabwe's early can provide of democracy and gives classes serious to knowing Africa's challenge and its customers for the future.
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