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Battle For Zimbabwe: The Final Countdown Hardcover – March 1, 2005


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...shines a light on a country that is being systematically destroyed by a dictatorial regime... -- Annabel Hughes, Washington Times

About the Author

Geoff Hill was born in 1956 and grew up in Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe, where he became fluent in the Shona language. In 1980, he joined the Manica Post newspaper on the border of Zimbabwe and Mozambique and, after the nationalization of the press in 1982, he moved to Australia and spent eight years with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. After working in Australia, the USA and UK, Geoff returned to Zimbabwe in 1997, where he worked as a journalist. In 2002, he moved to Johannesburg where he is Africa correspondent for the Washington Times. In September 2000 he became the first non-American to receive a John Steinbeck Award for short-story writing, and he also won the 2000 Common-wealth Short Story Award for Africa.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Struik Publishers (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1868726525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1868726523
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,895,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ready this book in Zimbabwe in 2013, it scared the hell out of me.
Alice Tromm
The book contains a very clear and concise history of Zim which is very relevant today.
RhoZim
Well written book I even learnt some things about my history I was unaware of.
SaviorFromZion

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Henry Berry on August 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Africa correspondent for the Washington Times who grew up in different countries of southern Africa, including Zimbabwe, Hill gives a detailed account of the overthrow of the white-controlled government when the country was known as Rhodesia by indigenous black rebels and the subsequent cementing of the autocratic, often brutal rule of Robert Mugabe. Mugabe was one of the leaders of the insurrection and political leader of Zimbabwe (as the country was named after the end of white rule). To a large extent, this is the story of the murky circumstances whereby Mugabe became leader of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), including the assassination of its leader, and its role in helping to keep him in power. Instead of a bona fide political party in a democratic system, ZANU became the enforcement arm of Mugabe's one-man rule. Hill's chronicle of unfortunate Zimbabwe and biographical portrayal of its autocratic leader is a set piece in how things have gone wrong in many countries in Africa.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Persson on April 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
With a deep understanding and love for this magnificent country, Hill lays out an excellent expos? over Zimbabwe's rise and unfortunate fall under the rule of President Mugabe. By elegantly blending historical events with a large number of interviews from both ZANU-PF officials and the MDC opposition to ordinary Zimbabweans, Hill has created a solid piece that is thorough and analytical but yet easy-to-read. Highly recommended for any reader in search of the root and underlying causes to Zimbabwe's worsening plight.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Squish on September 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am originally from Zimbabwe, but left in 1981. I was looking for

a book on the history and current situation on Zimbabwe that would

be informative and not dry. I feel very much more educated about

the various issues that have led this beautiful country to the

very sad situation it now finds itself in. I definately would

suggest others read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SaviorFromZion on June 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely loved this book. I read it with amazement as I compared the events of my time in Zimbabwe to the behind the scenes information presented in the book. I was amazed at just how much was never put on air for the general public to be aware of and also to know the depth of the people's convictions (even when they are wrong) and their willingness to act it out was very intriguing to me. Well written book I even learnt some things about my history I was unaware of. I can't wait for the next book.
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