Bloody Bob

The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe
By Peter Godwin

Reviewed by T.A. Frank

For a brief spell, starting in 1980, Zimbabwe looked like it might set an example for the world, its citizens united in a newly established multi-ethnic democracy undergirded by strong colonial-era British institutions. Rebel leader Robert Mugabe had peacefully assumed office, embraced the country’s minority tribes as well as its white citizens, and all but assured everyone that business would pretty much go on as usual.

That lasted about two years. Then, in 1982, Robert Mugabe …

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