Author: Donough Mahon Donough ‘Drongo’ Mahon had produced a magnificent memoir covering three continents, and featuring dozens of caricatures and drawings of the many fascinating characters from his life in South Africa, Tanzania, and Brazil. Born in South Africa, his family moved to Tanganyika in 1947 farming coffee in the shadow of Mount Meru. Here he developed his interest in agriculture, leading him on his long agrosafari through Europe, Africa, and South America. 'Drongo’ was also a charter pilot, flying extensively in East Africa and a manufacturer of razor wire in Brazil, where he now resides with his wife and family. This wonderful and colourful account of his family and friends takes readers on a journey to a past ‘old’ Africa and gives readers an insight into times that were carefree and uninhibited, unlike today's modern world.
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Author: Sasha Swire What is it like to be a wife of a politician in modern-day Britain? Sasha Swire finally lifts the lid. For more than twenty years she has kept a secret diary detailing the trials and tribulations of being a political plus-one, and gives us a ringside seat at the seismic political events of the last decade. A professional partner and loyal spouse, Swire has strong political opinions herself - sometimes more 'No, Minister' than 'Yes'. She detonates the stereotype of the dutiful wife. From shenanigans in Budleigh Salterton to state banquets at Buckingham Palace, gun-toting terrorist busters in pizza restaurants to dinners in Downing Street sitting next to Boris Johnson, Devon hedges to partying with City hedgies, she observes the great and the not-so-great at the closest of quarters. The results are painfully revealing and often hilariously funny. Here are the friendships and the fall-outs, the general elections and the leadership contests, the scandals and the rivalries. Swire showed up, shored up and rarely shut up. She also wrote it all down. Diary of an MP's Wife is a searingly honest, wildly indiscreet and often uproarious account of what life is like in the thick of it.
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By Ali Hassan Mwinyi
Tawasifu hii inafuatia wasifu wa Mwalimu Julius Nyerere na tawasifu ya Rais Benjamin Mkapa na kuziba pengo lililokuwa limebaki katika kumbukumbu ya awamu tatu za mwanzo za uongozi wa Tanzania huru.
Vitabu hivi vinasaidia kuweka historia sawa; vinaziba baadhi ya mapengo katika kuelewa mambo mbalimbali ya kihistoria. Kitabu kinaitwa “Mzee Rukhsa” kuakisi uongozi wa Rais Mwinyi aliyependa kutumia neno jepesi kama hili kuashiria mambo makubwa aliyokuwa akiyafanya kufungua mipaka ya uchumi na siasa katika Tanzania.
Mojawapo ya mambo yanayowekwa sawa humu, ni kwamba, si kweli kuwa Rais Mwinyi alimkaidi Mwalimu kwa kuanzisha mageuzi kwenye uchumi. Kwa heshima kubwa aliyokuwa nayo kwa Mwalimu, hata akajiona kama ni kichuguu mbele yake aliyemlinganisha na Mlima Kilimanjaro, asingeweza kufanya hivyo. Isitoshe, Rais Mwinyi aliongoza serikali kwa miaka mitano ya mwanzo bila kuvaa kofia ya mwenyekiti wa chama (CCM). Mwalimu asingetaka, yasingewezekana.
Mwalimu alishajaribu kila njia lakini uchumi wa Tanzania uliendelea kudorora. Hazikuwepo fedha za kigeni hata kwa mambo ya msingi kabisa. Mwalimu akampa rukhsa Mwinyi kujaribu maarifa mengine. Baadaye yalikuwapo mambo ambayo Mwalimu hakuyafurahia, akayakemea hadharani. Lakini kimsingi alikubali hoja ya mageuzi, ikiwemo kufungua uchumi kwa sekta binafsi ya ndani na nje ya nchi.
Kadhalika kwenye siasa. Mwalimu aliona umuhimu wa mageuzi kwenye siasa, ikiwemo mabadiliko yaliyoakisiwa kwenye “Maamuzi ya Zanzibar”. Kitabu kinafafanua ilivyotokea, na kwamba wazo la awali lilikuwa la Mwalimu Nyerere, ingawa baadaye kuna mambo hakuyapenda.
Kitabu pia kinazungumzia changamoto nyingi za urais wa Ali Hassan Mwinyi, ikiwemo ile ya muundo wa muungano; migomo; uzawa na chuki baina ya wafanyabiashara; migogoro ya kidini na kadhalika. Yote hayo na mengine yamewekwa vizuri katika lugha nyepesi ya kueleweka na kila mtu.
Rais Mwinyi amechukua muda mrefu kukamilisha tawasifu yake, lakini thamani yake ilitosha kusubiriwa.
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Author: Benjamin William Mkapa His Excellency Benjamin Mkapa was Tanzanian’s third president, elected under the first multi-party general election in Tanzania. His memoirs range from his childhood, time as president, and his continuing post-retirement involvement on the international stage of development and peace mediation.
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By Andrew Rugasira
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Author: C. S. Lewis For many years an atheist, C. S. Lewis vividly describes the spiritual quest that convinced him of the truth and reality of Christianity, in his famous autobiography. "In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God ... perhaps the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England." Thus Lewis describes memorably the crisis of his conversion. 'Surprised by Joy' reveals both that crisis and its momentous conclusion that would determine the shape of Lewis's entire life.
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Author: Joe Biden In November 2014, thirteen members of the Biden family gathered for their traditional Thanksgiving celebration. But this year felt different from the previous. Joe and Jill Biden's eldest son, Beau, had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor fifteen months earlier, and his survival was uncertain. 'Promise me, Dad,' Beau had told his father. 'Give me your word that no matter what happens, you're going to be all right.' Joe Biden gave him his word. Promise Me, Dad chronicles the year that followed, which would be the most momentous and challenging in Joe Biden's extraordinary life and career. Vice President Biden traveled more than a hundred thousand miles that year, across the world, dealing with crises in Ukraine, Central America, and Iraq. While Beau fought for, and then lost his life, the Vice President balanced the twin imperatives of living up to his responsibilities to his country and his responsibilities to his family, while contemplating the insistent and urgent question of whether he should seek the presidency in 2016. Even in the worst times, Biden was able to lean on the strength of his long, deep bonds with his family, on his faith, and on his deepening friendship with the man in the Oval Office, Barack Obama.
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Author: Kim Darroch
@realDonaldTrump: The wacky ambassador that the UK foisted on the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy ... We will no longer deal with him Kim Darroch was British Ambassador to the US as the age of Trump dawned and Brexit unfolded. As one of the UK's most experienced and respected diplomats, Darroch was given the task of explaining Trump to the British and Brexit to the Americans. Choosing to resign after his confidential cables criticising the Trump administration were leaked to the press, Darroch's unvarnished, behind-the-scenes account reveals for the first time the inside story of this tumultuous time and reflects more broadly on Britain's relationship with the United States. In a book rich in anecdote and insight, he describes the challenges of dealing with the Trump White House and offers a diplomat's perspective on Brexit and how it looked to Britain's closest ally. As the closest Brit to the story, Darroch explains why the British embassy suspected a Trump victory from as early as February 2016, what part every key figure - from Sarah Sanders to Michael Flynn - has played in Trump's administration, and what balanced policy makers on both sides of the Atlantic should consider during this era of pandemic, seismic change and populist politics. A riveting account from the best-informed insider, Collateral Damage charts the strangest and most convulsive period in the recent history of Britain and the US - and the state of the 'special relationship' today.
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