It’s been a month or so, but I scored a couple of good finds at Border’s going-out-of-business sale. The last weekend the store was open I stumbled into a half empty store with blazing yellow 80 and 90 percent off banners. Here are two books that I got:
“The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe” by Peter Godwin
I just started reading this, and it’s really good. I love me a good journalistic book on an African leader. Godwin writes with some authority having grown up in Zimbabwe. To report for this book, he goes where other journalists couldn’t have gone as he interviews people (some off the record) and recalls the events after Mugabe lost the 2008 election.
The main reason that I picked this book up is because it is written by Saberi, a childhood role model of mine. As a teen growing up in North Dakota, I was a fan of hers when she became Miss North Dakota in 1997. As an Asian American in a primarily white state, I was excited to see another Asian American (Saberi is Japanese and Iranian) win. When I found out that she became a international journalist, I had even more to admire about her. So, I’m excited to see what her memoir reveals about the woman and her experiences being imprisoned in Iran as much as it does about her country of origin.