- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Lion Books (17 Jun. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0745955460
- ISBN-13: 978-0745955469
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Potent mix of suspense, pathos, and indignation. --Variety on the documentary
About the Author
Ben Freeth MBE is a British-born Zimbabwean farmer who successfully sued Mugabe in an international court in 2008. Since winning the suit he has been harassed and his farm burnt to the ground. His family's story was made into the most-viewed documentary of the past year, which has won several international awards.
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It is true that he concentrates on the minority of white farmers who bravely remain despite the threats on their lives and the theft of their property but he is also fighting for the rights of the vast number of black people who are being denied quality of life by President Mugabe's regime.
I was afraid that I would find the book boring and full of mind numbing detail of court proceedings etc but I was wrong and I have found reading Mugabe and the White African thoroughly fascinating and informative. The account of Ben's face to face encounter with Peter Chimada in the documentary film leaves questions unanswered but Ben has included the conversation in full which I found most helpful.
The book is written from the perspective of someone whose belief in God is totally foundational to his life and his thought processes so someone of different beliefs may find this irritating but they may also find it enlightening.
It is a book well worth reading.
I have heard good people say that if whites had redistributed land in Zimbabwe before 1990 then the government's compulsory Land Acquisition Act would never had been brought in. Without trying to be an indepth historical analysis, this book helps to show how much more complex the situation really was. Although a personal story about white farmers and their workers, this book shows that farmers have really only been the cover for Mugabe's efforts to control all his people - hence the author's references to the 'Operation Gukuruhundi' massacre of 20,000 people in 1983-4 and the 2005 'Operation Murambatsvina', a campaign to forcibly clear "illegal" trading and housing across the country which affected some 2.4 million people, according to the UN. This book is not an analysis of the whole situation in Zimbabwe, it is a personal story. But it is a heroic one which is extremely well told.
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a better understanding of the situation in Zimbabwe.
Mugabe and the White African by Ben Freeth is a wonderful book, which describes his and his family's fight against the tyranny of Robert Mugabe - a fight simply to keep the farm that they and Freeth's father-in-law own in Zimbabwe. Courage of heroic proportions is set against evil and is shown to be powerless against such an adversary as Mugabe and his thugs. While not explicitly a Christian book, Freeth is supported, even at the point where death seems inevitable, by his faith in God; and the book is worth buying if only for the forewords by Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and Archbishop John Sentamu of York. While the ending of the book is immensely sad, the reader is left with a sense that it just might mark a new beginning for the people of Zimbabwe, both black and white.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
shocking true story of the horror of Mugabe's assault on white farmers in the name of land redistribution to poor black people but instead it was pillaged for his henchmen and now... Read morePublished 25 days ago by judywele
Shame the story gradualy slips into so much religion, politicians should read this, every one of Mugabes henchmen will have their day at the hands of the populace (I hope)Published 23 months ago by M. Bizley
There have been many very good books written about the Rhodesian bush war but I believe Ben Freeth's shocking account of what happened to him and his family, their struggle, their... Read morePublished on 6 Oct. 2013 by Greer Noble
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 morePublished on 19 April 2013 by Greer Noble
Sad, tragic and the story of very courageous people. We were living in Zimbabwe at the start of the farm invasions and were not fully aware of what was going on in the rural areas. Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2013 by Joann
it was a gift for my father, apparently very good book, will be looking for similar titles in future. thank youPublished on 16 Jan. 2013 by Marcel Valko
Such an amazing account of one family's bravery to fight back against a tyrannical dictatorship despite the torture and murder they have had to endure and watch others suffer. Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2012 by R. Hargrave
It's very hard to rate this book: it is a highly subjective account of the author's horrifying experience of violence but, as it doesn't pretend to be objective, that isn't... Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2012 by D. Parsons
An excellent book, revealing the truth of life in Zimbabwe today. These two copies purchased as birthday and Christmas giftsPublished on 16 Dec. 2011 by SKH
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