Dr. Andrew Norman is the author of many biographies, and with 'Mugabe: Monarch of Blood and Tears', he has added another substantial volume to the list. More than just a chronicle of the transformation of Southern Rhodesia into Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabeâ€™s dictatorship, the author provides a fascinating and unique insight into the background of this African leader. He describes the way in which Mugabeâ€™s personality was formed and developed, and then stamped on Zimbabwe to the detriment of millions of its citizens. Using many authoritative sources, a picture is drawn; not only of a tyrannical despot in action, but of a complex man with a paradoxical and contradictory personality, on which the author sheds light. An absorbing read for anyone who has lived through these turbulent times, students of political and African history, and readers interested in biographies.
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