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By Peter Godwin

In 2008, memoirist and journalist Peter Godwin secretly back to his local Zimbabwe after its notoriously tyrannical chief, Robert Mugabe, misplaced an election. the choice was once seriously risky--foreign newshounds have been banned to avoid the area from seeing a corrupt leader's refusal to cede strength. Zimbabweans have named this era, easily, the phobia.

Godwin bears witness to the torture bases, the burning villages, the competition leaders in hiding, the final white farmers, and the churchmen and diplomats placing their very own lives at the line to forestall the carnage. informed with a super eye for element, the phobia is a beautiful own account of a humans laid waste by way of a despot and, armed with not anything yet a wish to be unfastened, their amazing braveness and resilience.

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