Dr. Andrew Norman is the author of many biographies, and with 'Mugabe: Monarch of Blood and Tears', he has added another substantial volume to the list. More than just a chronicle of the transformation of Southern Rhodesia into Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe’s dictatorship, the author provides a fascinating and unique insight into the background of this African leader. He describes the way in which Mugabe’s personality was formed and developed, and then stamped on Zimbabwe to the detriment of millions of its citizens. Using many authoritative sources, a picture is drawn; not only of a tyrannical despot in action, but of a complex man with a paradoxical and contradictory personality, on which the author sheds light. An absorbing read for anyone who has lived through these turbulent times, students of political and African history, and readers interested in biographies.
Andrew Norman was born in Newbury, Berkshire, UK in 1943. Having been educated at Thornhill High School, Gwelo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Midsomer Norton Grammar School, and St Edmund Hall, Oxford, he qualified in medicine at the Radcliffe Infirmary. He has two children, Bridget and Thomas, by his first wife. From 1972-1983, Andrew worked as a general practitioner in Poole, Dorset before a spinal injury cut short his medical career. He is now an established writer whose published works include biographies of Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, Thomas Hardy, T.E. Lawrence, Adolf Hitler, Agatha Christie, Enid Blyton, Beatrix Potter and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Andrew married his second wife, Rachel, in 2005. Author's website: www.andrew-norman.com
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