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Adventures in Zambian Politics A Story in Black and White

As Miles Larmer writes in the foreword Adventures in Zambian Politics is unlike any political memoir you have ever read It is A political history of Zambia from colonial times to the present A revealing insider account of politics and government within a modern African state A story about race in Africa A chronicle of the rise and fall of two improbable political allies who wanted to change Zambian politics Michael Sata whose convoluted political career led him to become president in 2011 and the author Sata’s vice president and after Sata’s death acting president of Zambia Not least it is a pleasure to read Guy Scott’s absorbing narrative of his career and Michael Sata’s in the chaotic world of African politics tells a uniquely Zambian story But it is also a special contribution to our understanding of democracy and democratization across AfricaAs Miles Larmer writes in the foreword Adventures in Zambian Politics is unlike any political memoir you have ever read It is A political history of Zambia from colonial times to the present A revealing insider account of politics and government within a modern African state A story about race in Africa A chronicle of the rise and fall of two improbable political allies who wanted to change Zambian politics Michael Sata whose convoluted political career led him to become president in 2011 and the author Sata’s vice president and after Sata’s death acting president of Zambia Not least it is a pleasure to read Guy Scott’s absorbing narrative of his career and Michael Sata’s in the chaotic world of African politics tells a uniquely Zambian story But it is also a special contribution to our understanding of democracy and democratization across AfricaAs Miles Larmer writes in the foreword Adventures in Zambian Politics is unlike any political memoir you have ever read It is A political history of Zambia from colonial times to the present A revealing insider account of politics and government within a modern African state A story about race in Africa A chronicle of the rise and fall of two improbable political allies who wanted to change Zambian politics Michael Sata whose convoluted political career led him to become president in 2011 and the author Sata’s vice president and after Sata’s death acting president of Zambia Not least it is a pleasure to read Guy Scott’s absorbing narrative of his career and Michael Sata’s in the chaotic world of African politics tells a uniquely Zambian story But it is also a special contribution to our understanding of democracy and democratization across Africa


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    wow what a book well not a book actually like a journeyFor that is what Adventures in Zambian Politics in Black Kenneth Kaunda Robert Mugabe Nelson Mandela Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Ian Smith Tommy Fox Pitt a noted colonial officer in the Northern Rhodesian Administration a counterweight to the racially divided society promoted by other colonial civil servants and one who happens to have had an early and fundamental influence on Michael Sata Guy’s own aunt Moppy the bush motorbike rider who would later invite Guy’s own father Dr Alexander Scott to visit from Glasgow his own mother Grace a trained nurse and many With that the scene is set then for a story of the political machination of the day the first wind of change which delivered Independence from Britain the Second wind of change which delivered the reintroduction of multi party democracy and market liberation in ZambiaThe events leading up to the 1991 MMD victory heralding the sudden meeting of the two central protagonist Guy Sata and the start of the life long friendship between the twoA lot has been said about Sata him having been a public figure for a huge chunk of his life on earth and most of it is based on the picture the demeanor and manner of conduct that Sata himself has shown publicly Among many such assumption was that he is not a particularly well read man perhaps in an attempt to paint him as someone who was thick uncouth and just about literateIn Adventures in Zambian politics Guy narrates a number of Sata’s antics including some which are nothing but the work of absolute genius and so shrewd even Machiavelli himself would have taken noteFor a typical biography I initially thought that the chapter discussing the technical functioning of national economies was somewhat unexpected but it actually turned to be very much welcome not just in how informative it was from an insider’s point of view but also in just how well structured and presented it was For anyone who takes interest in politics and economics in Zambia and anywhere in the world for that matter I would very recommend reading that chapterThe book is full of all sorts of political rough and tumble the hocus pocus the political calculations and skullduggery interspersed by humor and moments of sheer hilarityAs you read along you start to obviously expect and look for the eventual crowning of the wheeler dealers into Kings and that obviously happensThat however is quickly interrupted by the melancholy that follows the slow death of one of the central characters the eventual falling apart of a lifelong labored for project whose aspirations appear to have been cut shot just as the initial offshoots are appearingHere Guy appears well and truly besides himself and at pains to convince himself that it was all worth so much as a bag of beansThere are a number of revelations although and selfishly I was hoping for given the political upheaval that we know followed the death of Michael Sata Sadly this was not to be as Guy would only say I am bound by State Security ActAdventures in Zambian Politics is an impressive piece of literature it has both the breadth and depth and enough Freudian slips to set off a whole host of conspiracy theories I hope this rather enhanced review of the book will persuade people especially anyone who has interest in Zambian politics to pick up a copy it is worth your whileTo Dr Guy Scott I want to say thank you for this work it will enrich our history as a nation and will be read long into the future I also think that both you and Sata are especially uniquely gifted human beingsFor my part I am just glad I managed to sit in on your journey