Edkin’s book, Britain’s Gulag: The Brutal End of the Empire in Kenya, is the product of nearly a decade’s research. It paints a picture of British colonial rule in Kenya that is deeply at odds with the supposed colonial mission to pacify and civilize the African indigenous people.
The book tries to answer the question whether Luthuli, the Nobel Prize laureate and one-time President of Africa’s oldest liberation movement – the ANC – ever believed in violence as a means to overthrow South Africa’s racist regime. Did
Not everyone involved in the struggle against apartheid came from the Mandela, Sisulu or Tambo political dynasties. And most certainly, not everyone had a chance at the same privileges.
But had it not been for backroom boys like old communist John Edward Matthews, who succumbed to cancer in his 85th year, the wheels of the struggle would not have turned as smoothly.
Gumede’s book, first published in 2005 by Zebra Books and then updated in 2007 by Zedbooks, deals with the political aspects of ANC’s economic policy before and after apartheid and particularly with Thabo Mbeki’s economic persuasion and political methods.
In her quest to decipher a pattern in the madness of Zimbabwe’s autocratic leader, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, author Heidi Holland, who has written extensively on the mother continent, speaks to a large number of people who’ve been close to the Zimbabwean President.
In The State of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence, published by Free Press in 2005, Meredith offers an overview of the continent’s history that is both readable and illuminating, starting from the independence era of the fifties and sixties.
Dowden a man who encountered Africa first in 1971 as a teacher, then as a journalist and editor with such publications as The Times, The Independent, and The Economist over a period of thirty years, offers an intelligent blend of anecdote, analysis and history.
Aili Mari Tripp draws parallels between Museveni’s Uganda and similar regimes elsewhere in Africa and reflects on the implications for institution building. In particular, she raises concern about the impact that hybrid regimes have on the judiciary, opposition and civil society. How can donors keep from entrenching such systems?
In this autobiography, Kariuki reflects on his fifty years in Kenyan politics, the ups and downs, and what he perceives to be his contribution. Ultimately, the book is an interesting and important commentary on Kenya’s political history – though somewhat biased given that it’s told from one man’s perspective.
Apollo Milton Obote; What Others Say is a compilation that will cause many a reader to reflect on the conflicting views of Obote’s role in Uganda’s troubled political history. Omongole R. Anguria confronts a similar predicament in this book on Ex-Ugandan President Apollo Milton Obote, finding that even in death, Obote evokes mixed emotions among his countrymen.