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The Fear by Peter Godwin
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Jun 02, 11

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bookshelves: zimbabwe
Read from May 26 to June 02, 2011

Peter Godwin is a white Zimbabwean who clearly loves his native country. He returns after the 2008 presidential elections because he expects to join with his fellow citizens in "dancing on Robert Mugabe's political grave." But what he finds himself doing over the next three months is bearing witness to Mugabe's brutal crackdown on the opposition who have clearly defeated him at the ballot box, but to whom he refuses to relinquish power. Godwin documents the systematic terrorizing of men, women and children through murder, torture, imprisonment and arson by government forces. Through it all, he documents also the steely determination of the Zimbabwean people to claim their political right to dissent and representative government. Gripping.

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