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Mugabe and the White African [Kindle Edition]

Ben Freeth , Arch Desmond Tutu , John Sentamu Arch
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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“There was a pent-up storm of anger in Mugabe’s face, like a menacing black cloud hovering above me. I could fee hatred tearing him apart from the inside. His hand came down mechanically and I took it. I will carry the feeling of that touch to my grave. I had a premonition of overwhelming evil.” Since President Mugabe began his violent land seizure programme in 2000, thousands of white farmers and their families have been forced to abandon all they own and flee Zimbabwe. But Ben Freeth, and His father-in-law, farmer Mike Campbell, who had owned and worked the land of their home for over 30 years, were determined to take a stand. They fought a desperate battle against Mugabe through the international courts; it was a fight that almost cost them everything.


Editorial Reviews

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"Superb . . . Thought-provoking, distressing, shockingly tense, and always very sad, it is surely one of the best documentaries of the year."  —Time Out on the documentary


"Potent mix of suspense, pathos, and indignation."  —Variety on the documentary


"Freeth lays bare a beautiful but lawless land fouled by fear. A 'Clockwork Orange' state where racism, greed and violence are ultimately humbled by almost unimaginable courage. Richly described, bravely chronicled and utterly compelling."  —Mike Thompson, BBC Radio's Foreign Affairs Correspondent

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""Potent mix of suspense, pathos, and indignation." --"Variety "on the documentary"

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  • File Size: 896 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0745955460
  • Publisher: Lion Books (July 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00563BGEU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,539 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I pre-ordered this book after listening to Ben Freeth being interviewed by Aled Jones one Sunday morning on Radio 2. I have always been slightly fascinated with Zimbabwe and the atrocities that have been and are being committed over there and have in fact read a number of books on the subject but this was the first book written from a completely Christian perspective and is as much a story about the goings on in Zimbabwe as it is the goings on in the spiritual realm and the constant battle of good vs evil. It is incredible and humbling to read of Ben's journey of forgiveness and the love he has at times (even during one of his beatings) shown to his abusers and this is something we can all certainly learn from.
I would recommend this read to anyone who simply wishes to learn more of the struggles in Zimbabwe but equally to anyone who really wants to experience second hand the supernatural divine power of the Holy Spirit and the love and forgiveness we are all capable of in order to really make this world a better place.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing life-and-death faith in action August 31, 2011
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Ben Freeth's powerful and gripping book leaves me speechless. Compelling reading. The relentless brutality and horror of the Mugabe regime, and the magnitude of the suffering is in stark contrast to the courage and perseverance of the Campbell and Freeth families and countless Zimbabwean farmers. I am humbled by their testimony and the pleas for justice. The awful truth of this book is that the atrocities continue. Where is the outcry from our "democratic" governments? We have much to learn from this extraordinary book. What remains with me, night and day, greater than the unspeakable suffering and pain, is a powerful testimony to the amazing power of God.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising August 24, 2011
Format:Paperback
This book caught me by surprise. Even though I've read about China and it's problems with law, the law (or lack thereof) in Africa left me dumbfounded. This book is a must-read to understand Africa's recent history and how to battle such anarchy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magabe the servant of darkness January 19, 2013
By David
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I enjoyed this because it was a true experience of life for white people in Zimbabwae and gave an appreciation of the corruption to people that seek power for themselves.
It leaves a feeling of sadness and disgust when this country was so prosperous and a great producer for export and is now a poverty stricken backwater.
This is a good testimony of the true life experiences for those white people caught in the Magabe trap.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartrending Truth October 30, 2012
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A truthful account of what's been happening in Zimbabwe over the past 10+ years, and continues to take place unabated under the noses of the international community, who idly stand by and watch a nation brought to ruin by a demented power-hungry leader. No matter your race or religion this is a worthwhile read to understand why Mugabe has done what he has to the people he supposedly fought for - it was definitely an eye-opener for me, an offspring of the Rhodesian soil.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terror in Zimbabwe September 8, 2011
Format:Paperback
Prior to reading this book, I knew that Zimbabwe was in Africa. Period. And while I'd heard the name "Mugabe," I couldn't have told you a thing about him. And if you'd asked me about human rights violations, I would have mentioned things like human trafficking and the oppression of women in Arab nations. I never would have said anything about white farmers being run off their land by a racist dictator, and that is why Ben Freeth's book is so important.

"Mugabe and the White African" is not easy to read, especially as the violence and terror escalate near the end of the book. But I think it's important for those of us on the outside to glimpse what is happening--yes, it's still happening today, and Robert Mugabe is still in power. (FYI, in 2009 Parade magazine named him the worst dictator in the world.)

What impacted me most, though, was Freeth's enduring faith throughout the trials he faced. Yes, he experienced moments of terror, and there were times when he did not do what he knew he should. But overall, he kept his eyes on the Lord for his strength and courage. When the invaders came to throw Freeth and his family out of their house (this was after literally years of fighting the Mugabe regime and facing harassment, poaching, and even physical abuse), he began sharing the gospel with them. "I kept asking them questions and getting them to think about judgment day and the love of God who sent his only Son to die for us all so that we might have forgiveness and life," he said (p. 227). As I read, I had to ask myself if I would respond like Freeth. I'm afraid the answer is no.

Overall, I'm glad I read this book. Parts at the beginning were slow, and I had difficulty keeping track of all the political parties and acronyms (I'm so glad Freeth included a glossary!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars White Farmers in Zimbabwe plight March 20, 2013
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The horrors of what is happening to the white farmers in Zimbabwe has been made possible
by the courage of Ben, Laura, Mike and Angela. These two families, along with thousands of
white commercial farmers lost their farms, homes, personal possessions, machinery,
animals, so that the ZANU-PF cronies of Mugabe could move in, and steal without paying
a cent. Property title deeds and the rule of law are non-existent. The invasions also
affected the farm workers who also were evicted to become jobless and destitute with no
future.

To understand the real horrors that are happening in Zimbabwe, I recommend that you
watch the documentary on the white farm invasions "Mugabe and the white african"
before you read the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
The truth of the matter is that Freeth and his family were obliged in terms of the laws of Zimbabwe to vacate the property within a specified period. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bagwe
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone who can read should read this book!
There have been many really good books written about the Rhodesian bush war but I believe Ben Freeth's shocking, very personal, shatteringly traumatic and very human account of... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Greer Noble
1.0 out of 5 stars TRASH! Biased and Fundamentaly Flawed
Now that people of color are fighting back against a history of white European colonialism, which raped and pilaged and murdered, and had (and has) no respect for Africans or their... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Real Writer
1.0 out of 5 stars Diary Of A Madman
Mugabe And The White African is as study in colonial psychology, and the mindset of the former colonials, seeing their 'way of life' ended by democracy and the redistribution of... Read more
Published on December 18, 2011 by AK Van Deelen
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and Horrifying account of South Africa!
Mugabe and the White African is a non-fiction account of the farmers plight during the Mugabe regime, with forewords by Desmond Tutu and John Sentamu. Read more
Published on October 4, 2011 by Jennifer Chatham
5.0 out of 5 stars Perseverance
Thank you to Kregel and Litfuse for my free review copy.

This is an amazing story of bravery, steadfastness, and great faith! Read more
Published on August 30, 2011 by MissDaisyAnne
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