As Mugabe's tyranical rule of Zimbabwe enters its terminal phase, Heidi Holland reveals the man behind the monster...
'I don't make enemies. Others make me an enemy of theirs.' Robert Mugabe, exclusive interview
The man behind the monster . . .
This penetrating, timely portrait of Robert Mugabe takes us into the mind of the man whose career began as the great hope for his nation - the man who would save it from the repressive regime of Ian Smith - and has resulted in Zimbabwe's destruction.
Heidi Holland's tireless investigation begins with her having dinner with Magabe the freedom fighter and ends more than 30 years later in a searching interview with Mugabe the president. In between, she interviews those who have been closest to Mugabe at successive stages of his life, charting his gradual psychological deterioration and the devastation of his country, and uncovers the complicity of some of the most respectable international players in the Zimbabwe tragedy.
'By tracking down the key figures in Mugabe's life, Heidi Holland has come closer than anyone else to discovering what makes the old dictator tick.' - Mugabe biographer David Balir, Daily Telegraph
'The most intimate account yet published of Robert Mugabe's transformation from liberation hero to reviled despot.' – The Economist
'Compelling.' The Age