Where We Have Hope: A Memoir of Zimbabwe

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Where We Have Hope: A Memoir of Zimbabwe

Where We Have Hope A Memoir of Zimbabwe Where We Have Hope is the gripping memoir of a young American journalist In Andrew Meldrum arrived in a Zimbabwe flush with new independence and he fell in love with the country and its optimis

  • Title: Where We Have Hope: A Memoir of Zimbabwe
  • Author: Andrew Meldrum
  • ISBN: 9780802142511
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Paperback
  • Where We Have Hope is the gripping memoir of a young American journalist In 1980, Andrew Meldrum arrived in a Zimbabwe flush with new independence, and he fell in love with the country and its optimism But over the twenty years he lived there, Meldrum watched as President Robert Mugabe consolidated power and the government evolved into despotism In May 2003, Meldrum, thWhere We Have Hope is the gripping memoir of a young American journalist In 1980, Andrew Meldrum arrived in a Zimbabwe flush with new independence, and he fell in love with the country and its optimism But over the twenty years he lived there, Meldrum watched as President Robert Mugabe consolidated power and the government evolved into despotism In May 2003, Meldrum, the last foreign journalist still working in the dangerous and chaotic nation, was illegally forced to leave his adopted home His unflinching work describes the terror and intimidation Mugabe s government exercised on both the press and citizens, and the resiliency of Zimbabweans determined to overturn Mugabe and demand the free society they were promised.

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    1. Ron Smith on said:

      In 1992, while visiting my brother in Botswana, we popped across the border to Zimbabwe for a couple of days. I recently re-read my journal from that trip. It covered what you would expect from an American in Africa: an encounter with a cackle of hyenas in our camp, elephant sightings at dusk, and the exchange rate which made our food and lodgings ultra cheap.Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's leader, had already become despotic, though most of the world didn't realize it. He had sent soldiers into the r [...]

    2. Kiragu on said:

      As one who has held partisan views to the political situation in Zimbabwe, I had to read in disbelief and shame as this book shattered most if not all of those views. The book has given me a factual glimpse and even understanding of a matter I have always wanted to be well informed about; that of Mugabe and Zimbabwe.

    3. Alison on said:

      This book gives very insightful details and information about the Mugabe era Zimbabwe, how the nation has changed since being Rhodesia, and the various tensions and horrible violence that people have been living through in recent times. Written by a white journalist, it is an interesting perspective on the warmth of the people and the iron hand of the government. I loved this book.

    4. Rigatoni Baloney on said:

      I was particularly taken by Meldrum's reflections after interviewing Ian Smith, late in the book, around page 250. Meldrum's analysis was insightful with regard to Mugabe's use of force to gain power and thus to maintain it. He wrote "Violence corrupts. No matter how just the cause, the killing of others infects the perpetrator. Mugabe paid lip service to national reconcilation in the early 1980s but when his power was challenged in 2000 he had no compunction about unleashing violence in order t [...]

    5. Daniel on said:

      Andrew Meldrum may be a little full of himself, but the book is a well-written account of the decline in Zimbabwe from the point of view of a foreign correspondent. Although I would in no way like to defend the current government, it is good to remember that there have been times/places where a journalist would not survive to write a book such as this one. I take heart in the fact that the Shona are basically kind people so that even their dictators aren't as bad as others.

    6. Badi on said:

      Having traveled to Zim in 2006, I saw firsthand how beautiful this country and the people of this country, truly are. It is amazing and horrifying that a place with such potential has been destroyed by one man. This book gives me the back story to the situation that Zimbabwe is in today.

    7. Emerson Grossmith on said:

      I read this about 7 years ago--crunched it in between Peter Godwin's and Alexandra Fuller's books. I think Meldrum was the last American news correspondent in Zimbabwe. Mugabe did his best to kick anyone whom he didn't like out of Zims. I highly recommend it. I shall read it again when I can find it.

    8. Nuzhat on said:

      Great account of the decline of Zimbabwe through 2003 because of the governmental policies installed to keep power. He has such a love of Zimbabwe and its people which I can relate to that his disappointment is reflected in his writing as these policies and crackdown on the freedom of the press directly affected him with his ultimate deportation. I read this book in 3 days once I got it from the library a very unusual feat for me when I'm back at work. If you're interested in Zimbabwe, this book [...]

    9. Lucy on said:

      This is the memoir of the last foreign journalist to be expelled from Zimbabwe. Andrew moved to Zimbabwe in 1980 because he wanted to observe the birth of democracy in an African nation. He starts out idealistic and falls in love with the country. He marries and stays for 20 years. He would have remained for the rest of his life if he had been able to ignore and not report on the injustices he witnessed. This book reveals the horrible extent of the ruination of all of the democratic principles t [...]

    10. Alice on said:

      A really good examination of how Zimbabwe went from a hopeful, energetic pride of African independence to just another corrupt, failed state. A quote from the epilogue sums it up: "Those who use violence, even for a just cause such as ending Rhodesia's minority rule, often find it too easy to employ violence again for less noble purposes." Those less noble purposes all too often involve enriching themselves at the expense of the country. However, if this is true, then the next generation should [...]

    11. Heatherhh on said:

      I found this book interesting. I thought the political situation in Zimbabwe from 1980-2003 was well-covered. However, what the political situation was like pre-1980 remained a bit fuzzy to me over the course of the book. Also, I thought this book would have been greatly improved by including a lot more information about Zimbabwean culture to better bring the country and its people to life. Still a worthwhile read.

    12. Molly on said:

      despite important and compelling content about Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe, this did not resonate with me. A memoir to me should contain who a person really is in the experience. Meldrum seems to maintain the role of a journalist, only superficially throwing himself into the mix. Clearly his courageous love of the country is real but I did not come away feeling the spirit of it. I would have learned a lot more had it maintained my interest, but had to keep dealing with a wandering mind.

    13. E.M. on said:

      Andrew Meldrum delivers a good historical perspective through his journalist narrative, staying mostly objective throughout. He steps through Zimbabwe's emergence as an elated independent state with a rebel leader to a choked nation with a paranoid despot hanging on to control, just a couple years before the 2008 elections. This book is a good primer of recent history and the players in politics now as well.

    14. Alison Smith on said:

      A grim factual account of the atrocities and torture carried out my ZANU-PF to keep tyrant Robert Mugabe in power in Zimbabwe. Meldrum was an American journo, who lived inZim for 23 years, he loved the country, but was illegally thrown out by the Mugabe Govt in 2003.He was the last foreign journo in the country. If you want to find out about a modern African despot and corruption beyond belief, read this book.

    15. Matt on said:

      It's bizarre to me that nearly all of what's in this book happened during my lifetime. The book ends with Andrew Meldrum's illegal deportation from Zimbabwe in the spring of 2003 -- three months before I landed in Zimbabwe as a missionary.Not a literary masterpiece, but an eye-opening report of the current tyranny in Zimbabwe. I miss ZimbabweIf you read it, you will be surprised.

    16. Teo on said:

      Gripping memoir of a journalist who risked it all for 23 years in Zimbabwe, in the name of democracy, human rights and free press. An admirable man, dedicated and inlove with Zimbabwe and its people. Heartbraking account of the decline of a once promising country, under the devilish Mugabe who -yes, as we speak! - still keeps the beautiful people of Zimbabwe hostage to terror and abuse.

    17. Lindsay on said:

      Super good book. Gives a great account of one journalist's experience from Zimbabwe's independence to 2004. If you are interested in press freedom or an overview of the break down of democracy under Mugabe you should definitely give this one a read. It is very engaging and readable. I read it over 2 days while traveling.

    18. Kathleen on said:

      This book is a deeply moving (true) story of a journalist's experience living and reporting in Zimbabwe for twenty years. I cried more than once reading it, but despite the innately depressing topic, it has a constant theme (like the title suggests) of hope. I would recommend this to anyone, but especially to those who have any interest in African politics and or human rights.

    19. Brian Trinder on said:

      A very well written book from a journalist's perspective. The author tells a great story of post independance Zimbabwe from an unbiased point of view. Well worth a read if you are interested in events in post independance Zimbabwe.

    20. Al on said:

      Boring, boring and yet again boring!Writing for a newspaper is not quite the same as writing a book - while I was really interested in the topic the boredom set in fairly early and halfway through the book packed it in.

    21. Katy on said:

      The director of my library knew the author's brother when she was at university, and she knows I'm interested in Zimbabwe, so she recommended it. It's another episode/perspective in Zim's heartbreaking decline

    22. Pat Hardy on said:

      Written by a journalist who lived for 20 years on Zambia who was moved by everyone's repeated hope for Zambia even through Mugabe and his thugs. A great picture of the debilitation of a society yet people not giving up.

    23. Sarah on said:

      Each chapter stands on its own in this review of journalist Andrew Meldrums years in Zimbabwe. From independence in 1979 to his expulsion in 2004, Meldrum chronicles the changes that brought Zimbabwe from a nation of hope to one of increasing despair.

    24. Jennie on said:

      Good first hand account from the last foreign journalist allowed to report from Zimbabwe, until his expulsion in 2002. If you're looking for information about Zimbabwe's descent into political, economic, and legal chaos in the years after independence this fits the bill.

    25. Ruthie on said:

      Andrew Meldrum tells about his time as a journalist in Zimbabwe for the 2 decades Mugabe has ruled. Nothing short but incredible

    26. Marit on said:

      A strong and vivid account of Mugabe's regime in what used to be the bread basket of Africa. A compelling read.

    27. Louise on said:

      I learnt why Zimbabwe is how it is and I am horrified. A bit repetitive in places and a bit boggy with all the politics (I admit I skim-read a lot), but interesting.

    28. Sarah on said:

      Definitely an interesting insight into what has lead to Zimbabwe's recent economic and political collapse. It left me wanting a Zimbabwean's perspective.

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