TWO WEEKS IN NOVEMBER: THE ASTONISHING UNTOLD STORY OF THE OPERATION THAT TOPPLED MUGABE
Two Weeks in November is the thrilling, surreal, unbelievable and often very funny true story of four would-be enemies --a high ranking politician, an exiled human rights lawyer, a dangerous spy and a low-key white businessman turned political fixer -- who team up to help unseat one of the world's longest serving dictators, Robert Mugabe.
What begins as an improbable adventure destined for failure, marked by a mixture of bravery, strategic cunning and bumbling naiveté, soon turns into the most sophisticated political-military operation in African history. By virtue of their being together, the unlikely team of misfit rivals is suddenly in position to spin what might have been seen as an illegal coup into a mass popular uprising that the world – and millions of Zimbabweans – will enthusiastically support.
Impeccably researched, deftly written, and told in the style of a contemporary political thriller, Two Weeks in November is Ocean’s 11 meets Game of Thrones: a real-world life or death chess match for the future of a country where the political endgame is never a forgone conclusion.
THE LAST RESORT: A MEMOIRS OF MISCHIEF AND MAYHEM OF A FAMILY FARM IN AFRICA
Hailed by the New York Times as "the best book on ordinary life - for blacks and whites - under the Mugabe dictatorship,' The Last Resort is the surreal and darkly comic true story of Lyn and Ros Rogers, elderly owners of a thriving backpacker's lodge in Eastern Zimbabwe. After the invasion of white-owned farms is launched in 2000, the couple find their home and resort under siege, their friends and neighbors expelled and their lives in danger. But, instead of leaving as their son Douglas pleads them to do, they haul out a shotgun and decide to stay.
On returning to the country of his birth, Douglas finds his once orderly home transformed into something resembling a Marx Brothers romp crossed with Heart of Darkness: Pot has supplanted maize in the fields; hookers have replaced college kids as guests; and soldiers, spies, and teenage diamond dealers guzzle beer at the bar. Beyond the farm gates, meanwhile, rogue politicians, witch doctors, and armed war veterans loyal to President Mugabe circle like hungry lions.
And yet in spite of it all, Roger’s parents - with the help of friends, farm workers, lodge guests and residents, among them black political dissidents and white refugee farmers - continue to hold on. But can they survive to the end?
Listed by The Guardian as one of the Top 10 books about Zimbabwe, and with more than 250 Five-Star reviews on Amazon, The Last Resort is a modern African classic.
Prepared for Chance
Family, Life and Business on Three Continents (2018). The memoirs of the visionary British-American retail entrepreneur Adrian Bellamy.
The Lion Awakes
Adventures in Africa’s Economic Miracle by Ashish Thakkar (St Martin’s Press, 2015). The story of Africa’s youngest billionaire, and his insights into the continent’s astonishing economic growth.