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The first of three volumes, this book traces the leadership thoughts and philosophical disposition of Professor Arthur G.O. Mutambara over a period of 35 years, as his generation sought to become the transformation it wished to see in Zimbabwe. The trilogy constitutes a fascinating intellectual and political journey by the man who would become Deputy Prime Minister of Zimb The first of three volumes, this book traces the leadership thoughts and philosophical disposition of Professor Arthur G.O. Mutambara over a period of 35 years, as his generation sought to become the transformation it wished to see in Zimbabwe. The trilogy constitutes a fascinating intellectual and political journey by the man who would become Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe at the age of 42. It is a collection of grounded reflections that he expressed over time, as he endeavoured to move, lead and inspire people, while turning strategic thinking into reality through the speed of execution. Mutambara’s ambition has always been to change the world by igniting citizen activism. It is an epic journey of ideas that created evolutionary and even revolutionary advancement of democratic values, institution-building, social justice, empowerment, shared economic prosperity, people-centred governance and efficacious statecraft. The intrinsic value and relevance of the prescriptions proffered are both enduring and timeless. This volume deals with his formative years and early professional life. This period constitutes the making of a leader of global stature. His profound odyssey of thought leadership started at the age of 16, and moved through the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), where he graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Electrical Engineering. A statement he wrote as a student leader led to the unprecedented closure of UZ. He was injured and detained. His journey of ideas then proceeded to the University of Oxford, where he obtained an MSc in Computer Engineering and a PhD in Robotics and Mechatronics. The next stop was the United States, where he was a Research Scientist at NASA, Professor at MIT and Management Consultant at McKinsey. The book ends with his return to the continent in 2002, equipped with Pan-African, business- and technology-driven developmental strategies and paradigms.


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The first of three volumes, this book traces the leadership thoughts and philosophical disposition of Professor Arthur G.O. Mutambara over a period of 35 years, as his generation sought to become the transformation it wished to see in Zimbabwe. The trilogy constitutes a fascinating intellectual and political journey by the man who would become Deputy Prime Minister of Zimb The first of three volumes, this book traces the leadership thoughts and philosophical disposition of Professor Arthur G.O. Mutambara over a period of 35 years, as his generation sought to become the transformation it wished to see in Zimbabwe. The trilogy constitutes a fascinating intellectual and political journey by the man who would become Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe at the age of 42. It is a collection of grounded reflections that he expressed over time, as he endeavoured to move, lead and inspire people, while turning strategic thinking into reality through the speed of execution. Mutambara’s ambition has always been to change the world by igniting citizen activism. It is an epic journey of ideas that created evolutionary and even revolutionary advancement of democratic values, institution-building, social justice, empowerment, shared economic prosperity, people-centred governance and efficacious statecraft. The intrinsic value and relevance of the prescriptions proffered are both enduring and timeless. This volume deals with his formative years and early professional life. This period constitutes the making of a leader of global stature. His profound odyssey of thought leadership started at the age of 16, and moved through the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), where he graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Electrical Engineering. A statement he wrote as a student leader led to the unprecedented closure of UZ. He was injured and detained. His journey of ideas then proceeded to the University of Oxford, where he obtained an MSc in Computer Engineering and a PhD in Robotics and Mechatronics. The next stop was the United States, where he was a Research Scientist at NASA, Professor at MIT and Management Consultant at McKinsey. The book ends with his return to the continent in 2002, equipped with Pan-African, business- and technology-driven developmental strategies and paradigms.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Whitlaw Tanyanyiwa Mugwiji

    A very interesting and insightful read. This book provides a much detailed account of the students movement through the eyes of Arthur Mutambara during his time as a student leader at the University of Zimbabwe. Arthur has always been smart and more widely read than his peers but all the same one can visually see Arthur Mutambara growing intellectually during his time in the UK and in the US. You can see the growth through the issues he is articulating through the lectures he is giving at differ A very interesting and insightful read. This book provides a much detailed account of the students movement through the eyes of Arthur Mutambara during his time as a student leader at the University of Zimbabwe. Arthur has always been smart and more widely read than his peers but all the same one can visually see Arthur Mutambara growing intellectually during his time in the UK and in the US. You can see the growth through the issues he is articulating through the lectures he is giving at different Universities across the US and the articles he is writing on Zimnet an online publication for Zimbabwean opinions and news. This intellectual growth is not a result of studying and teaching at the World's top universities but due to self study. In his own words he says, " a page of history is better than 10 pages of logic". Arthur is a Pan Africanist and an intellectual, this is why many people misunderstand him, especially when it is so fashionable to be uncritical of anything that is anti-Zanu PF. As it is a three part autobiography, I can not fault him for not touching enough on the issue of the Zimbabwean dream, which he touches briefly at the end of his book. I strongly believe that this is an important issue we must discuss as a nation. Although, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, he is a bit too proud for my liking. In fact, his arrogance almost put me off, during the initial stages of reading the book. I honestly think a dose of humility can do him some good.

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