The Fear by Peter Godwin
Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe

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This book, one must hope, will one day be the libretto when Mugabe and his men stand in the dock in The Hague. But until then it is a reminder, if any were needed, that the only weapons of mass destruction are the evil hearts of men like Robert Mugabe.
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Journalist Peter Godwin has covered wars. As a soldier, he's fought them. But nothing prepared him for the surreal mix of desperation and hope he encountered when he returned to Zimbabwe, his broken homeland.

Godwin arrived as Robert Mugabe, the country's dictator for 30 years, has finally lost an election. Mugabe's tenure has left Zimbabwe with the world's highest rate of inflation and the shortest life span. Instead of conceding power, Mugabe launched a brutal campaign of terror against his own citizens. With foreign correspondents banned, and he himself there illegally, Godwin was one of the few observers to bear witness to this period the locals call The Fear. He saw torture bases and the burning villages but was most awed as an observer of not only simple acts of kindness but also churchmen and diplomats putting their own lives on the line to try to stop the carnage.

THE FEAR is a book about the astonishing courage and resilience of a people, armed with nothing but a desire to be free, who challenged a violent dictatorship. It is also the deeply personal and ultimately uplifting story of a man trying to make sense of the country he can't recognize as home.
 

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Peter Godwin is the award-winning author of When a Crocodile Eats the Sun and Mukiwa. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, he was educated at Cambridge and Oxford and became a foreign correspondent, reporting from more than 60 countries. Since moving to Manhattan, he has written for National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine, and Vanity Fair. He has taught at Princeton and Columbia, and in 2010 received a Guggenheim fellowship.
 
Published March 23, 2011 by Little, Brown and Company. 387 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jonathan Manthorpe on May 13 2011

This book, one must hope, will one day be the libretto when Mugabe and his men stand in the dock in The Hague. But until then it is a reminder, if any were needed, that the only weapons of mass destruction are the evil hearts of men like Robert Mugabe.

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