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5.0 out of 5 stars It's hard to play cards with two broken arms
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit repetitive....
Visited Zimbabwe a few years ago and decided to find out more about that sad country. Read and really enjoyed Peter Godwin's 'When a Crocodile Eats the Sun'. I was disappointed in this one. It reads like a diary of events and descriptions of people being ill-treated and/or brutally murdered, with no eventual outcome to the story - which obviously cannot happen due to the...
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's hard to play cards with two broken arms, 19 Oct 2010
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This review is from: The Fear: The Last Days of Robert Mugabe (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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4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Godwin's third heartfelt Zimbabwe memoir, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars More on Godwin, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars once again this brought tears to my eyes, 2 Aug 2011
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Fear - Peter Godwin, 9 Jun 2011
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fear factor, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Monument, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Fear:The last days of Robert Mugabe., 7 Aug 2011
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Francis S. Harris (Portugal) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars I did not enjoy reading this dark book......, 9 Jan 2011
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I have read and enjoyed 3 of Pete Godwin's other Zim books, and was really looking forward to a quiet spell to get my teeth into it. I must say it was disconcerting and deeply unsettling to read...... terrifically readable, credible, and from all that I can gather from other sources-accurate .
I'm just waiting for the sequel with a happy ending!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars FEAR:The last days of Mugabe, 5 Aug 2011
Peter Godwin has written this book in a very objective manner and his anaalysis of the situation in Zimbabwe is wonderful. I agree with his assessment of the situation because I was in zimbabwe during some of the time covered by the book and witnessed some of the madness. I would recommend the book to anyone who wants to understand how the political and economic situation in Zimbabwe was affected by Mugabe's obsession with power to such an extent that he does not care about the welfare of the ordinary people in Zimbabwe as long as he gets what he wants which is 'Power at any or all costs'.
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