- Affiliation: London University, U.K.
Richard Bourne is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London University and Secretary to the Ramphal Institute, London. He is a former journalist, active in Commonwealth affairs since 1982, and was the first director of the non-governmental Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. He has written and edited eleven books and numerous reports, including Catastrophe: What Went Wrong in Zimbabwe? and Lula of Brazil. As a journalist he was education correspondent of the Guardian, assistant editor of New Society, and deputy editor of the London Evening Standard.
Books by Richard Bourne
A New History of a Turbulent Century
Known as the ‘African Giant’, Nigeria’s story is a complex and often contradictory one. How, despite the ravages of colonialism, civil war, ongoing economic disappointment and viagra professional most recently the Boko Harem armed insurgency, has the country managed to stay together for a hundred years? Why, despite an abundance of oil, mineral and agricultural wealth, have so many of its people remained in poverty? These are the key questions explored by Richard Bourne in this remarkable and… (more information)
What Went Wrong in Zimbabwe?
No one in 1980 could have guessed that Zimbabwe would become a failed state on such a monumental and tragic scale. In this incisive and revealing book, Richard Bourne shows how a country which had every prospect of success when it achieved a delayed independence in 1980 became a brutal police state with hyperinflation, collapsing life expectancy and abandonment by a third of its citizens less than thirty years later. Beginning with the British conquest of Zimbabwe and covering events up to the… (more information)