“By tracking down the key figures in Mugabe’s life, Heidi Holland has come closer than anyone else to discovering what makes the old dictator tick”
– Mugabe biographer David Blair in the Daily Telegraph
“The most intimate portrait yet produced of Zimbabwe’s clever but brutal leader. Heidi Holland gets under the skin of a troubled man who turned from nationalist hero to international pariah, all but destroying his country in the process”
– Adam Roberts, The Economist.
The making of a monster, March19th 2008, from The Economist print edition.
“In thinking and writing about her interviewees Holland gives us Robert Mugabe with all his fatal flaws, foibles, vices – and virtues. For that reason Dinner with Mugabe is the best picture of the man that has ever been published…..Dinner with Mugabe is without doubt a brilliant achievement.” – Percy Zvomuya, the Mail and Guardian, March 2008.
Percy Zvomuya reviews Heidi Holland’s Dinner with Mugabe, a book that the Zimbabwean leader’s acolytes won’t like. – Unmasking the man behind the stunts – the Mail and Guardian.
“Securing an interview with Robert Mugabe was almost as demanding as researching and writing Dinner with Mugabe, her psychological study of the man, ” Heidi Holland tells Percy Zvomuya – Mad Bob: man or monster? – the Mail and Guardian.
“Heidi Holland’s interview with Mugabe reveals a boastful, isolated leader unwilling to recognize Zimbabwe’s economic collapse or accept blame.” Craig Timberg – In His Own World of Denial –The Washington Post.
Face to face with a lonely tyrant bent on vengeance – It took 18 months to set up the interview with Mugabe -The result was a revealing encounter – Alex Duval Smith in Cape Town The Observer, Sunday March 23 2008
“Mugabe, Once a Bookish Boy, Drags Zimbabwe to the Abyss”
Review by Karl Maier in Bloomberg, June 24 2008 .
“Young Mugabe: The making of a despot”
– An edited abstract, 24 June 2008 in the Independent UK.
“Mugabe: From Carpenter’s Son To Dictator”
Wednesday April 02 , an extract from Dinner with Mugabe on the Sky News web site.
Mugabe ‘was once a decent guy’ Author recalls meeting leader 32 yeas ago after he was released from 11 years in detention – Oakland Ross in the TORONTO STAR, Tuesday April 08 2008 .
Story in DAGENS NYHETER, Sweden’s leading morning newspaper with a daily circulation of some 350 000 copies.Download a pdf version of the article here.
Dinner with Mugabe: The Man Behind the Monster. Read this book review by Greg Houle at africanupdate.com
A Swiss article in NZZ, download a pdf, page 1 or page 2.
A Swiss article in DIE WELTWOCHE, download a pdf.
THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN
An article in THE WEEKENDAUSTRALIAN, download a pdf.
RADIO NETHERLANDS WORLDWIDE
‘What happened to Robert Mugabe‘ Braam Posthumus on RADIO NETHERLANDS WORLDWIDE, Monday May 19 2008