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The Wonga Coup

Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics

The Wonga Coup

Simon Mann's Plot to Seize Oil Billions in Africa

Adam Roberts

In July 2008 Eton-educated British mercenary Simon Mann was sentenced to 34 years in prison for attempting to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea. This revised edition of Adam Roberts' gripping account of the coup contains sensational new material (including reporting from Zimbabwe) on all of the latest developments.

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9781847654069 (26 May 2011)

About the book

In March 2004 a group led by Nick Du Toit and former SAS member Simon Mann tried to overthrow the tyrannical Obiang Nguema, president of Equatorial Guinea. They were working for investors, allegedly including Mark Thatcher and "J.H. Archer", who wanted to seize control of Africa's third largest oil producer. Roberts tells how the coup was set up and abandoned at the last minute, and how the plotters were seized and subsequently tortured. The new material includes an account of Mann's illegal abduction from prison in 2008; his dramatic trial, in which he accuses named individuals, including Thatcher, of being deeply involved in the plot; Thatcher's fears of "extraordinary rendition" to Equatorial Guinea; and Eli Calil's revelatory admission that he supported forced regime change in Equatorial Guinea.

About the author

A former Southern Africa correspondent for The Economist, Adam Roberts has contributed to the Times Literary Supplement and political journals in Africa. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian and currently works for The Economist in London.


Riveting and superbly researched ... a brilliant, mordant, blackly comic read.

- Sunday Times

Adam Roberts shows, with merciless precision, how the dogs of war panicked where they should have been cool, and screwed up where they should have been clinically efficient.

- Observer

Impressively researched and briskly narrated ... takes readers into a world where slippery chancers and thuggish ex-special forces types, mostly South African, rub shoulders with the spooks and dodgy financiers.

- The Daily Mail

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics

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