In This Review

Tom Mboya
Tom Mboya
By David Goldsworthy
Holmes & Meier, 1982, 308 pp

The recent Kenyan upheaval heightens the interest of this densely detailed political biography of Kenya's charismatic leader, assassinated in 1969. As Goldsworthy tells it, the complex skeins of Kenya's tribal and clan-based politics, and of Mboya's own intricate maneuverings, tightened around him throughout his 17-year public life. In the midst of it all the political man emerges here on balance as both overwhelmingly ambitious and genuinely committed to his country. The combination of formidable talent and undeniable arrogance, however, made him a major target for political intrigues of varied stripes.