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Babangida1066 : January 28, 2013 10:30 am : right-column

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Max Siollun is an historian and socio-political commentator on Nigerian politics and current affairs. He has lived in Nigeria, the UK, and the USA. His upbringing in three different continents allows him “to combine the dispassionate objectivity of the outsider with the nuanced knowledge of the insider” when writing about Nigeria. He holds an LLB Law degree, and Masters Degree in African Studies, both from the University of London. His articles have appeared in numerous publications including The Independent, Daily Trust, and NEXT.

He has also gained a reputation as one of the most objective and knowledgeable scholars about the role of the Nigerian military in politics, and of Nigeria’s post-independence history.

His previous book “Oil, Politics and Violence: Nigeria’s Military Coup Culture 1966-1976” is considered the definitive reference point on Nigeria’s post independence history up till the late 1970s. Oil, Politics, and Violence has been described by different reviewers as “something of a miracle”, “a breath-taking narrative”, and an “absorbing and fascinating work”. The former Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria acclaimed it as “the most comprehensive and authentic documentation on the Nigerian coup and counter coup of 1966 and the Biafran War that I have ever seen.”

His next book “Soldiers of Fortune: Nigerian Politics From Buhari to Babangida (1983-1993)” continues the story of Nigerian history where Oil, Politics and Violence ended. Soldiers of Fortune is written in his fast-paced, thriller, eye on the wall style. The book is a repository and detailed examination of Nigeria’s political life from 1983 to 1993. It is the second book of the author’s planned trilogy of books on Nigerian history.

Max Siollun’s website.

Max has dedicated the book to the memory of his deceased father (pictured), who died in service of, and while on official duty for, the Nigerian federal government.

“This book is written for, and is dedicated to the memory of my father – a man who lived and died in service of his country… The legacy of heroes is the honour of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”