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Jonathan Jansen Reviews Swimming Upstream: A Story of Grit and Determination to Succeed by Shirley Zinn

Swimming Upstream: A Story of Grit and Determination to SucceedVerdict: carrot

One of the most impressive biographies in recent years is about to be published under the catchy title Swimming Upstream, a riveting account of how a young black woman, called Shirley Zinn, rises from the stifling conditions of the Cape Flats under apartheid to take a doctorate from Harvard and eventually become one of the leading human resources professionals in the country today. What makes this well-written book particularly relevant in the present is that it draws attention to the role of non-material resources in shaping the destiny of disadvantaged youth in circumstances where there was little money and even fewer opportunities.

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