Max Siollun is a writer and Nigerian historian with extensive knowledge of Nigerian military history. Siollun’s objective writing has established him as a respected and distinctive voice on Nigerian history. His book “Oil, Politics and Violence: Nigeria’s Military Coup Culture (1966-1976)” has been one of the most well-received Nigerian history books of recent times. Various commentators have referred to it as “a breath-taking narrative”, “stunning” and “a revelation”. His next book “Soldiers of Fortune: Nigerian Politics under Buhari and Babangida (1983-1993)” continues from where Oil, Politics and Violence ended, and will be published later this year by Cassava Republic Press. He is a graduate of the University of London and has resides in the UK and USA.
Soldiers of Fortune
“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.