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After his father's heart attack in 1984, Peter Godwin began a series of pilgrimages back to Zimbabwe, the land of his birth, from Manhattan, where he now lives. On these frequent visits to check on his elderly parents, he bore witness to Zimbabwe's dramatic spiral downward into the jaws of violent chaos, presided over by an increasingly enraged dictator. And yet long after their comfortable lifestyle had been shattered and millions were fleeing, his parents refuse to leave, steadfast in their allegiance to the failed state that has been their adopted home for 50 years. Then Godwin discovered a shocking family secret that helped explain their loyalty. Africa was his father's sanctuary from another identity, another world. 

When a Crocodile Eats the Sun is a stirring memoir of the disintegration of a family set against the collapse of a country. But it is also a vivid portrait of the profound strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of love.

©2006 Peter Godwin (P)2007 Recorded Books

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An Epitaph of a Lost Country

Another wonderful book by Peter Godwin, beautifully written and so accurately reflecting the sad demise of my Old Country. It is a very good record of how the Evil Regime of Robert Magbe wrecked his Country for his own people and those who initially made it so productive. I spent all my childhood over there, returning later when I believed the Country could become a fully functioning multiracial example to Africa. It wasn't to be and I left in late 1980 with my 2 Sons born in Zimbabwe/Rhhodesia never sadly to return. A very sad and evil state of affairs. Thank you Peter for telling the World.