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Against the Grain: Memoirs of a Zimbabwean Newsman
Geoff Nyarota was the editor of the Daily News, Zimbabwe's only independent newspaper, for four years. In this time, he chronicled the decline of the country under Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF-controlled regime, and was subjected to extreme harassment by the state.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Struik Publishers
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Nyarota was the founding editor of the Daily News, one of the last independent newspapers in Zimbabwe. He is currently living in exile in the U.S. The book chronicles his career as a newspaper writer and editor in Zimbabwe from 1978 until he fled the country in 2003. He's a decent writer, although he sometimes doesn't not relate events in strict chronological order and that can be a bit confusing. He could have benefited from a better editor, I think. Still, if you have interest in the political ...more
This is helpful because although it is a memoir it is also a history of Zimbabwe. Geoffrey Nyarota blends both personal stories with politcal climate. I admire him greatly because of the dangers and sacrifices he had to make as a journalist that was one of Mugabe's enemies. Well written but perhaps needed a bit of editing.