Caroline Leavitt, KYLE SMITH, and MICHELLE GREEN
April 30, 2007 12:00 PM

By Peter Godwin

REVIEWED BY MICHELLE GREEN

MEMOIR

This saga about one family’s struggle in a Zimbabwe spinning apart under dictator Robert Mugabe melds political and personal history into a compelling whole. The son of expatriates, the author begins to chip away at the secret that has shaped his father when the elder Godwin suffers a heart attack. As thugs murder white settlers and plunder their farms, Godwin’s parents barricade themselves into their home. Unraveling his father’s past as he documents Mugabe’s reign of terror, Godwin offers a haunting look at the persistence of evil—and the power of family love.

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