Martin Meredith





Martin Meredith



Martin Meredith is a historian, journalist and biographer, and author of many acclaimed books on Africa.

Meredith first worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa for the Observer and Sunday Times, then as a research fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Residing near Oxford, he is now an independent commentator and author.

Meredith’s writing has been described as authoritative and well-documented, despite the pessimism inherent in his subject matter.

He is the author of Diamonds, Gold and War, Mugabe: Power, Plunder – which sold over 15 000 copies in South Africa, and The Struggle for Zimbabwe’s Future, The State of Africa and Nelson Mandela: A Biography, among many others.

His most recent book is Born in Africa, published by Jonathan Ball P
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The Fate of Africa: A Histo...

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Diamonds, Gold, and War: Th...

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Born in Africa: The Quest f...

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Mugabe: Power, Plunder, and...

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The Fortunes of Africa: A 5...

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Nelson Mandela: A Biography

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Our Votes, Our Guns: Robert...

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Elephant Destiny: Biography...

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Coming To Terms South Afric...

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“Belgian officials concluded that 'the Hutu-Tutsi question posed an undeniable problem' and proposed that official usage of the terms 'Hutu' and 'Tutsi' - on identity cards, for example - should be abolished. The Hutu, however, rejected the proposal, wanting to retain their identifiable majority; abolition of the identity cards would prevent 'the statistical law from establishing the reality of facts'. The idea gained ground that majority rule meant Hutu rule.”
Martin Meredith, The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence

“There are places to which men are attracted by the desire of gain which seem to be so repulsive that no gain can compensate the miseries incidental to such an habitation,”
Martin Meredith, The Fortunes of Africa: A 5,000-Year History of Wealth, Greed, and Endeavor

“When an Englishman once has your property in his hand, then he is like a monkey that has its hands full of pumpkin seeds - if you don’t beat him to death he will never let go.’ He”
Martin Meredith, Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa

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