Saturday, August 20, 2011

Blog Tour: Mugabe and the White African (Review)

To say this is a powerful book, is well, an understatement. To say that you'll read it, and put it down at times frustrated and angry at the powerful tales of injustice, well, is a huge description of Mugabe and the White African.

From the opening chapter, which describes Ben Freeth's first meeting with Mugabe - a chilling encounter - to the brutal descriptions of the evil men, women and children faced due to Mugabe's rule, this book paints a strong picture of evil.

It also highlights not only the stsituation that has been brewing in Zimbabwe for years, but also how evil can cross the lines of race, gender and more.

Hard at times to read, Mugabe and the White African also shows the resilience of both blacks and whites living in Zimbabwe, but also shows how some were not only willing to stand up for something that was right, but they were also willing to put their very possessions, farms and businesses, and even their lives on the line.

I wish this book had a happy ending, but unfortunately, life does not always end that way. However, does paint a picture of integrity, faith and determination.

The book, Mugabe and the White African, might just open your eyes to a situation that cries out for justice. You probably won't look at the international news coming from Africa the same again.

More About Mugabe and the White African
Ben Freeth has an extraordinary story to tell. Like that of many white farmers, his family's land was "reclaimed" for redistribution by Mugabe's government.

But Ben's family fought back. Appealing to international law, they instigated a suit against Mugabe's government in the SADC, the Southern African equivalent of NATO. The case was deferred time and again while Mugabe's men pulled strings. But after Freeth and his parents-in-law were abducted and beaten within inches of death in 2008, the SADC deemed any further delay to be an obstruction of justice. The case was heard, and was successful on all counts.

But the story doesn't end there. In 2009 the family farm was burned to the ground. The fight for justice in Zimbabwe is far from over--this book is for anyone who wants to see into the heart of one of today's hardest places and how human dignity flourishes even in the most adverse circumstances.

About The Author
Ben Freeth, MBE, is a British-born Zimbabwean farmer. He has lived in Zimbabwe most of his life and is raising his three young children there, together with his wife Laura. Freeth's story has already been the subject of an award-winning documentary which won Best Documentary 2009 (British Independent Film Awards), was nominated for the BAFTA Outstanding Debut Film 2010, and shortlisted for an Oscar in 2010.

Online Resources
Buy Mugabe and the White African at Amazon.com
Read an Excerpt of Mugabe and the White African
Read more about this book here

Watch A Trailer for the Documentary


The PBS debut of Mugabe and the White African, the award-winning documentary of the same name, was on July 26. Watch now at PBS:

Follow the book tour here!

It's A Giveway
Kregel Publications is sponsoring a $50 Amazon.com giveaway open to blog readers. To enter all you have to do is send a tweet (using @litfuse) about Mugabe and the White African or share about it on Facebook!

If you tweet we'll capture your entry when you use @litfuse. If you share it on Facebook or your blog, just email us and let us know (info@litfusegroup.com). Easy.

Not sure what to tweet/post? Here's an idea.
TWEET THIS:  Mugabe and the White African – one family’s stand for justice in the face of evil! @litfuse http://ow.ly/61JDW RT 4 a chance at $50

FACEBOOK THIS: Ben Freeth has an extraordinary story to tell about one family’s stand for justice in the face of evil. The fight for justice in Zimbabwe is far from over—Mugabe and the White African is for anyone who wants to see into the heart of one of today's hardest places and how human dignity flourishes even in the most adverse circumstances. http://litfusegroup.com/blogtours/text/13422041

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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