From Mugabe’s secretary, we learn that Zimbabwe’s late president was capable of acts of kindness, and that he loved cricket – a game which prides itself on ‘fair play’. Yet, he presided over the ruination of his country How can this conundrum be explained?
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 Mugabe’s dictatorship, the author provides a fascinating and unique insight into the background of this African leader. He describes the way in which Mugabe’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.