Sue Onslow

Sue Onslow is Deputy Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study at the University of London. She has written widely on British foreign policy and decolonization, and southern Africa in the Cold War era.

Listed in: African History · Biography, Heads of State




Robert Mugabe is an African leader who sharply divides opinion. In this short biography, intended for a general audience, Sue Onslow and Martin Plaut explain Mugabe’s formative experiences, his evolution into a political manipulator and survivalist, and the complexity of the man who led Zimbabwe for its first four decades of independence.

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Laura Seay, The Washington Post