Every country has a national history, one that is taught to children in schools. It represents a coherent portrayal of preceding centuries gilded by national pride and self-righteousness. Such histories leave traces on our consciousness and help to make nations what they are. Damage: The Personal Costs of Political Change presents us with thirty personal histories that raise questions about the nature of commitment to a Zimbabwean identity. The contributors share a passion for making a difference and a sense of personal responsibility for the future of their country; this is what made each of them a victim of persecution.