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Soldiers of Fortune


Genre: Non-fiction

ISBN: 978-978-50238-2-4

No of Pages: 336

Author: Max Siollun

Publication Date: 2013

“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.”

August 6th update: view our Soldiers of Fortune competition winning entries here!

Launched on July 15th, 2013, Soldiers of Fortune is the story of Nigeria’s political journey between December 31, 1983 and August 27, 1993. This is the story of how things fell apart.

“The book is essential reading for those who want to understand the crass motivations that guided the cabal of military politicians that ruled and ruined Nigeria.” Jibrin Ibrahim, Director, Centre for Democracy and Development

“Max Siollun’s Soldiers of Fortune reads like a Robert Ludlum thriller. He has brought an important period of Nigeria’s history to life and this book is going to generate a lot of controversy and interest.” Obi Asika, CEO of Storm360.

“…he gets closer to understanding the inside story of Nigeria’s military rule and […]cast of personalities than other literature on the subject.” Kaye Whiteman, former editor, West Africa magazine

“A gripping historical page-turner that reads like a novel. Soldiers of Fortune is a remarkable book that must be read by all Nigerians.” Cheta Nwanze, former online editor, NEXT

“Max Siollun stands unchallenged, in contemporary times, as the Chronicler-in-Chief of the Nigerian military. Soldiers of Fortune is a compelling, pause-often-and-wonder account of yet another unfortunate epoch; narrated with clarity and an unmistakable commitment to truthfulness – qualities which should never be taken for granted in Nigeria.” Tolu Ogunlesi, Writer

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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