Soldiers of Fortune

We're excited to announce the launch of Soldiers of Fortune: Nigerian Politics from Buhari to Babangida 1983 – 1993 by Max Siollun. Soldiers of Fortune is the much anticipated sequel to Siollun’s highly praised first book on Nigeria’s early post-independence years, Oil, Politics and Violence. Now, continuing the tale of Nigerian political history, Soldiers of Fortune tells the story of the momentous Buhari and Babangida years as it has never been told before.

The book picks apart the period’s main controversies, drawing on previously uncovered observations from eye-witness accounts and providing detailed and astute analysis. It covers everything from the annulment of the June 12 election, the dubious execution of Mamman Vatsa, the foiled kidnapping of Umaru Dikko, the Orkar coup to the inconclusive case of the assassination of Dele Giwa.

Besides its scrupulous attention to detail, Soldiers of Fortune is told in a fast paced and thrilling narrative style, bringing key events and their protagonists to life. Highlights include Siollun’s full portrait of Ibrahim Babangida, which reveals how his ‘amiable personality, effusive charm and warm bonhomie’ distracted from his determined grip on power, political cunning and retention of detested laws. Soldiers of Fortune brings a fresh perspective and unflinching critical eye to the twists and turns of the fraught era.

Not only is Soldiers of Fortune a book that explores a key period in Nigerian history. Crucially, it reveals how the years from 1983 to 1993 have shaped and influenced Nigeria as it is today. Soldiers of Fortune is a must read for all Nigerians and Nigeria watchers.

 As Femi Fani-Kayode writes in the first review of Soldiers of Fortune, published in the Premium Times on Monday, 1st July: ‘The truth is that this book needs to be read by every student of history, every politician, every political scientist, every person that has an interest in our country and every individual that wishes to fully understand Nigeria and the source and foundation of her many challenges.’ So make sure you don’t miss out!

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