Zulu Rising: The Epic Story of iSandlwana and Rorke's Drift

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Pan Macmillan, May 6, 2011 - History - 720 pages
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On 22 January 1879, in the shadow of an imposing rocky outcrop called iSandlwana, the bloodiest defeat inflicted on the British Army during the Victorian age took place. Now Ian Knight skilfully weaves together the lives of Zulu patriots like Mehlokazulu kaSihayo and Matshana kaMondise and professional British soldiers such as Anthony Durnford and Charlie Harford - the men who were at the human heart of the savage and iconic Anglo-Zulu War. He presents not only a gripping picture of the pressures that drove both sides to a terrifying and bloody confrontation, but a definitive history of the battle that has shaped the political fortunes of the Zulu people to this day. 'I loved it . . . full of fresh thinking, new ideas and new wisdom' Neil Oliver 'Exceptional . . . exposes the bloody truth about the two famous clashes in the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War' Sunday Times 'A fine book' Richard Holmes

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User Review  - drmaf - LibraryThing

Great book, only disappointments being an occasional tendency to bog down in logistics, and there being only one rather cursory chapter devoted to Rorke's Drift, despite being mentioned in the book's ... Read full review

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User Review  - James - Goodreads

There is ample literature about Isandlewana and Rorke's Drift but I think this book is the benchmark. It is well researched and detailed yet highly readable. I read it a few weeks prior to visiting ... Read full review

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Ian Knight is the leading authority on the Anglo-Zulu War and has written over thirty highly regarded publications on Zulu history, including the award-winning National Army Museum Book of the Zulu War. He has appeared in and written many television documentaries on the Zulus, and in 2008 was awarded the Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society's Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Award for a lifetime's contribution to the field.

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