The Last Resort

A Memoir of Mischief & Mayhem on a Family Farm in Africa

Douglas Rogers



The Last Resort is a remarkable true story about one family in a country under siege and a testament to the love, perseverance, and resilience of the human spirit. When Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe launched his violent program to reclaim white-owned land and Rogers’s parents were caught in the cross fire, everything changed. But instead of leaving, as their son pleads with them to do, they haul out a shotgun and decide to stay.


This vibrant, tragic and surprisingly funny book is the best account yet of ordinary life—for blacks and whites—under Mugabe’s dictatorship. —The New York Times Book Review


Douglas Rogers is a Zimbabwe-born journalist and travel writer based in New York City. He has worked as a freelance feature journalist and travel writer focusing extensively on Africa, especially South Africa and Zimbabwe.