Soldiers of Fortune: A History of Nigeria (1983-1993)
by Max Siollun
“This book is the story of Nigeria’s political journey between January 1, 1984 and August 27, 1993. This is the story of how things fell apart.”
The years between 1984 and 1993 were momentous for Nigeria. Military rule crafted the conditions and character of today’s society, forcing cataclysmic changes on the political, economic and religious landscape that nearly tore the country apart on several occasions. Soldiers of Fortune is a fast-paced, thrilling yet objective analysis of the major events of the Buhari and Babangida eras. It reveals the true story behind past controversies such as the annulment of the June 12 election, the execution of Mamman Vatsa, the foiled kidnapping of Umaru Dikko, the Orkar coups and the assassination of Dele Giwa.
Historian and lawyer Max Siollun gives an intimate, fly-on-the-wall portrait of the major events and dramatis personae of the period. Soldiers of Fortune is a must-read for all Nigerians and Nigeria- watchers. Its dramatic narrative style will engage casual or academic readers alike.
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Max Siollun is a Nigerian historian and an expert on Nigerian history with a particular focus on the Nigerian military and how it has affected Nigeria’s socio-political trajectory from the pre-colonial era to the present. Max Siollun was born in Nigeria and educated in England, graduating from the University of London.
Max Siollun has developed a distinctive voice with respect to Nigerian history from a military perspective as evidenced from numerous articles on sites such as Nigerian Village Square, 234Next (a leading Nigerian daily newspaper), as well as a personal blog that Siollun utilizes to share his perspectives.