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'Very, very good. Barclay's book is chilling and heartbreaking. He is as far from the diplomat of the 'old school' as can be imagined. As a man, and a writer, he is engaged and brave' Fergal Keane -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Philip Barclay is a British diplomat who has been living in Zimbabwe since 2007. He has written several articles, under a pseudonym, about Zimbabwe for the Sunday Times and the Guardian. He has also written an acclaimed blog, which attracted significant attention in the UK and US. Zimbabwe is Philip Barclay's first book.

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Timely and sad 18. Januar 2011
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I read this book after reading The Last Resort by Douglas Rogers, another book about Zimbabwe, which centers on his (white) family's experiences on their farm during the time the government was removing white owners. This one is different in that it is more a broader point of view of the Mugabe government and the atrocities committed by he and his lackeys. Much of the book centers on the ridiculous 2008 "election", which Mugabe stole. The author worked for the British foreign service and will probably not be able to return to Zimbabwe while Robert Mugabe is in power.
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A country's hope for change is dashed once again by Mugabe 2. Juni 2012
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I've read several books on Zim and I enjoyed this one because it is from the political perspective of someone in the British government that was there during Zimbabwe's latest election crisis. It's not as graphic as "The Fear" by Peter Godwin, but still at times unbelieveable how Mugabe uses people, money, and power to keep himself in his position. This keeps others around him (Zanu PF) out of the legal troubles he has created himself. They will have nowhere to hide once he loses power.

This book is well written and interesting but drags a bit for me. If he were a Zimbabwean I believe he would have been more passionate about his writing, but he was only there for a few years. He certainly does have a love for the country and it's people and understands the struggle that they are still under to this very day.
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"Zimbabwe" is a superbly written memoir of the two years the author spent as a junior diplomat at the British embassy in Harare. The heart of the book is a gut-wrenching ground-level description of the Zim election campaigns of 2008, when Mugabe seemed on the verge of losing power only to stage a brutal comeback. The author is indignant about the mafia tactics of ZANU-PF, without being blind to the flaws in MDC. And, for a professional diplomat, he is refreshingly modest: he was often surprised by the twists and turns of Zim politics, and he despaired over the futility of Western human rights diplomacy.

My only serious complaint (and hence the four star-rating) is that the book draws so heavily on the author's own limited professional experiences. These involved election-monitoring, outreach to civil society activists, observing trials, sneaking into hospitals to photograph people with cholera, and other grist for his FCO blog. Unfortunately, he had little contact with senior officials in either Zim party or with diplomats from the SADC region. That's understandable, given his rank, but more "high politics" would have enhanced the value of his book. For example, it needed a more nuanced assessment of Thabo Mbeki's Zim diplomacy, which, in the end, did more good in Zimbabwe than EU and U.S. sanctions ever did. Another big gap is the virtual non-discussion of UK policy, such as London's public diplomacy campaign against ZANU-PF and its financial support (if any) for MDC.

But these are cavils. Anyone who enjoys good political reporting or is interested in Zimbabwe will love this book. Barclay should quit the FCO and write books for a living.
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