The early years of Zimbabwe’s independence were blighted by conflict and bloodshed, culminating in the Gukurahundi massacres of 1983 and 1984. Historian Stuart Doran explores these events in unprecedented detail, drawing on thousands of previously unpublished documents, including classified records from Mugabe’s Central Intelligence Organisation, apartheid South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and Canada.
The first in-depth study of the Gukurahundi [which] exposes the complicity of many senior leaders in Zimbabwe and the gravity of their crimes . Compelling detail . A comprehensive history. It draws heavily on previously unpublished diplomatic communiqués and other papers . The use of contemporary data proves unequivocally the guilt of many leading politicians and other ZANU PF functionaries, something that previous books and reports have been unable to do.- David Coltart