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The Fear

By: Peter Godwin
Narrated by: Peter Godwin
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Born in what’s now called Zimbabwe, journalist Peter Godwin returns to his homeland in 2008 after three decades of Robert Mugabe’s brutal economic and human destruction. Hoping to “dance on Mugabe’s political grave” in the wake of the tyrant’s defeat at the polls, Godwin instead risks his life to secretly chronicle Mugabe’s ruthless backlash of torture and terror locals call “The Fear.”

©2010 Peter Godwin (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
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Read at your own Risk!

Intense and exhausting! Painstakingly & scrupulously detailed! Leaves me shaking my head with sadness!

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African version of Man's search for meaning.

Well told yet raw truth a book you may lose yourself into then later ponder

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The Fear

This is the true
Mugabe and his party are the devil
MDC tried so hard
Love the people of Zimbabwe not the Government
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Sad

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When the Revolutionary Loses His Luster....

Peter Godwin's book about what Robert Mugabe has done to Zimbabwe is a tale of a descent into evil by the man who lead the revolution to topple Ian Smith's white privileged Rhodesia. Peter Godwin, who narrated his own book, highlights just to what depths of depravity that Robert Mugabe would descend to in able to hold onto power in Zimbabwe, which included intimidation, theft, and murder to eliminate enemies both real, and imagined. It is a very, very compelling book , that at times can be very difficult to listen to because the evil and level of violence are just so horrific.

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The African Hitler

I’ve been dismayed for decades after the election of Mugabe. What seemed so promising to begin with quickly turned into a horror of epic proportions. Where do they evil men come from? This man was definitely a person history will look back on with horror and loathing forever, just like Hitler. I am glad he is dead and rotting! It’ll take 200 years for Zimbabwe to fully recover if they ever can. Mugabe set his country back 150 years. He and his cronies stole so much money from Zimbabwe and let the society disintegrate, the people became beggars to the world for food and necessities. What a horrific price to pay for independence from the stability of governance of Great Britain. So they wanted independence and they got Mugabe who raped and murdered to keep a stranglehold on power.
Maybe the Brits knew something everybody else in Zimbabwe was willing to ignore, and thus forced the Zimbabweans to fight for independence from them? Which was the lesser evils of the two situations?
Was it so bad under Britain’s thumb?
Who knows, but sadly we know the end results. What a modern day tragedy....

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Required reading

This should be required reading for every Zimbabwean! I knew the political violence was horrible in 2008 but I just never knew the extent of it. Mugabe deserves a special place in hell.

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Historical account of a terrible time in Africa

Hey will written clear and factual account of a horrific time in the history of Africa