Moi: The Making of an African Statesman

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Daniel arap Moi, the President of Kenya, is one of Africa's longest-serving and most controversial leaders. He has ruled the East African nation since the death of Jomo Kenyatta, the first President, in 1978 and has survived a coup attempt, tribal unrest and economic upheaval.
In a country dominated by tribalism, he has managed to gather sufficient support from all areas not only to maintain power but also to preserve Kenya as one nation.
Over the past three years, Andrew Morton has pieced together a portrait of Moi's extraordinary life. He has been granted unique access to interview Moi's family, his friends, his colleagues - and his enemies.
Brimming with insight and revealing anecdote, and covering right up to the elections in December 1997, Moi's exceptional story forces the reader to look with new eyes at the man, his history and his nation.

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In the first authorized biography of President Daniel arap Moi of Kenya, British journalist Morton (Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words, S. & S., 1997) provides insights into the enigmatic character and political philosophy of one of Africa's longest-serving and most controversial leaders. The book is a conscious attempt to probe Moi's background and besmirched international reputation and present a more objective picture of the man and his times, from Kenya's colonial era to the struggle for independence. Morton asserts compellingly that "pragmatic nationalism, combined with his Christian morality and the tribal culture surrounding the chief, are key elements in understanding Moi as a person and also as a politician." His account is enhanced by excellent photographs. A remarkably rich and compelling read, particularly for students and scholars of African politics, history, and cultural studies. [Morton's next book will be Monica's Story, Monica Lewinsky's account of her relationship with President Clinton.AEd.]AEdward G. McCormack, Univ. of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Lib., Long Beac.
-AEdward G. McCormack, Univ. of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Lib., Long Beach
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