Sunday, July 29, 2007

53. "When a Crocodile Eats the Sun" - Peter Godwin


I'm on a nonfiction kick; this is the third in a series (unless you count the Bible as fiction - but that argument can wait).

Peter Godwin has written articles about 65 countries, but the one that always pulls him back is his native Zimbabwe. As he visits more often, due to his father's declining health, Godwin notices that not everything is as it appears. The country that held warm memories of growing up now is a fearsome place for a white man. And the father that he knew is not the man he claimed to be.

Godwin traces the reasons for the downfall in Zimbabwe, most likely earning himself another no-pass-GO-no-collecting-$100 ban from his homeland. He shows how the dictator Mugabe has created racial hate and fear through hate and fear, and how an 80-year-old man holds the future of Zimbabwe in his hand.

Beautifully written, it is terrifying to imagine this world. Even worse, it makes me irate that this isn't talked about in American media. Another reason to subscribe to BBC news.

4.65 out of 5.0 Screaming Nazis.

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