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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (1 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033050777X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330507776
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Godwin is the award winning author of The Fear, When a Crocodile Eats the Sun, and Mukiwa, all published by Picador. He writes for various publications including the New York Times magazine, National Geographic and Vanity Fair. He lives in Manhattan.

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`The fear of the title was Mugabe's reign of terror after he had been defeated by Zimbabwe's electorate, a defeat that he decided not to accept. The courage of those who resisted him was impressive indeed, while Peter Godwin, a Zimbabwean himself, showed a great deal of bravery in staying to report the situation. It's a situation that Godwin brings to chilling life in a book that's full of menace, and not only Mugabe's. Not for bedtime reading.'
--Sunday Telegraph

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A caustic and highly emotional account of Zimbabwe under the tyranny of Mugabe's last days

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By StarP on 19 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Peter Godwin's latest book is another of his wonderfully written works detailing Zimbabwe's devastating decline at the hand of Bob Mugabe. Mr Godwin travels to Zimbabwe after the 2008 elections hoping to finally witness the end of Mugabe, but unfortunately ends up witnessing the latest round of violence orchestrated by the regime. The chaos unleashed - simply because the people dared to vote against Bob - is unbelievable in its savagery and brutality leaving no doubt as to why this period is known as `the fear'. The intimidation, random beatings, torture, rape and murder are carefully documented. Eye-witness testimony carefully describes who carried out these crimes and even details attacks carried out by sitting Members of Parliament.

The book is not an analysis of why the chaos is happening but is about the impact on the people and the country as a whole. It portrays how the ordinary citizens of Zimbabwe try and maintain normality even as their world disintegrates around them. This makes the book even more powerful as it illustrates just how far Mugabe has been prepared to go to wreck his own country simply to maintain his personal wealth. That the world has stood by (with a few notable exceptions described in the book) and done so little to prevent this evil is shameful.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. Matthews on 23 Jan. 2011
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As a Zimbabwean, I feel keenly the heartbreaking tragedy that has unfolded there since independence.

After a violent civil war, it has transpired that both sides fought and died for nothing. The people of Zimbabwe are perhaps more downtrodden than at any time.

In this book, the third of his Zimbabwe memoirs, Godwin chronicles the period from 2007-9. Here, we see the appalling violence of the 2008 election and the short-lived hope of the 'united' government, as this beautiful country and its people seem to slip into a black hole.

As before, Godwin blends his own Zimbabwean story with topical current affairs to provide what is perhaps the best idea out there for Zimbabweans in exile of what is happening to their country.

Recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MattC on 3 Dec. 2010
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I ordered this as soon as I saw Godwin's name on the cover - as I've read and enjoyed hugely his two previous memoirs: 'Mukiwa' and 'When A Crocodile Eats The Sun'. Reading them first, though not essential, will give you the context and background on Zimbabwe that will certainly enrich your enjoyment of 'The Fear'.

And you'll have discovered more about a wonderful writer along the way ...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kit Robertson on 9 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
An accurate factual account of Zimbabwe under Mugabe as it is today.
There are several horrifying accounts of torture by Mugabe's agents as
told to the author by the victims themselves.
He also describes the beauty of Zimbabwe together with poignant
accounts of places he knew or lived in a decade or so ago and
the run down condition he finds them in today.
The house that the author stayed in in Chimanimani belongs to my wife
and the book he refers to as having belonged to Dr Mostert did
of course belong to my father in law.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rob in Weston on 2 Aug. 2011
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so many of us have loved and left a bit of ourselves in this beautiful country and cling to the hope that we may one day return, even if it is as the authors mother to be buried at home
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By teecee on 10 Dec. 2010
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This book is not for the faint hearted. Godwin has shown how a despot like Mugabe operates
in Zimbabwe and the West is turning a blind eye!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Williams on 13 Jan. 2011
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I hardly know how to write about this book on the terrible situation in Zimbabwe. It is harrowing, tragic, truthful. One thing that did come across as I was reading was the importance of this work and how great a thing it is that it has been printed. It has given a voice to a people who have been silenced.

For decades to come the testimonies of people who have suffered at the hands of the 'The Fear' are here in print, recorded, for the world to see. A Monument.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Francis S. Harris on 7 Aug. 2011
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Having been thrown out of Zimbabwe by Mugabe - I feel this book should be on every reading list for people who maybe are trying to understand the muddle that Africa has become under the all power full Dictators and the impotent International Community
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