In Mugabe and the White African, Ben Freeth tells of the horrors endured in Zimbabwe under President Robert Mugabe throughout the years of his Land Seizure Programme. Freeth’s story, also the story of his in-laws and thousands of other white farmers, is a story of racism, greed, and undeniable evil. Freeth details what life was like during that time, explains the legal action the farmers sought to take, and the blatant disregard of life and liberty by Mugabe and his supporters.
I think the most telling part about Mugabe is a quote from Mugabe himself. He said, “I am still the Hitler of our time…. Ten times Hitler, that is what we stand for.” This book opened by eyes to things of which I had no knowledge. My mind has trouble wrapping around this kind of hatred and evil. More than that, the complacency and acceptance of it! While reading this book I experienced a wide range of emotions including sadness and anger. I had a knot in my stomach while reading most of it. I cried several times and had to put the book down twice because I just couldn’t continue. I thank Ben Freeth for having the courage to fight for justice, to make his documentary and to write this book. May God bless him and his family, and show the people of Zimbabwe His love and His ways.
For purposes of scoring this book, I removed scoring on accuracy as I had no prior knowledge of these events. I almost hate to score it this way, because the subject matter hit me so hard. But here it is…
1) Is it understandable? = 5
2) Presentation of Information = 5
3) Accuracy = removed from average
4) Quality of Writing = 5
5) Overall Enjoyability = 5
Average of score 5
Overall grade = A
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from LitFuse Group.
This was book 27 in my 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge.