"The classic of African History -- a biography of Shaka Zulu, founder of the Zulu nation, born leader and brilliant general...E.A. Ritter grew up with the Zulus, earning their respect and accumulating a rich store of material during his long association with them. Shaka's life and deeds had been handed down by word of mouth from generation to generation, and they are here evoked with a sense of drama and an eye for detail." -- Back cover.
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All the councillors, and even Mbopa, Mgobozi and Mdlaka, felt a hypnotic terror
stealing over them as the undulating horror came creeping nearer, and even
nearer. Drops of sweat began to form and roll over the brows of the beholders.
Mbopa assumed the leadership of this infuriated mob. Nobela had preserved a
wonderful calm and dignity, and when she saw that everything was irretrievably
lost she unobtrusively emptied into her hand the contents of a little gourd which ...
Mhlangana, Dingane, Mbopa! They were overmuch together lately and Shaka
began to think. But still he could see no wrong in his brothers. On the night of 21
September 1828, he had hideous dreams. He dreamed that he was a dead man,
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nwdavies - LibraryThing
A fascinating book about a fascinating man and culture. I was left with the feeling that, had Shaka been living in, say, Europe and been white he would have been heaped with long lasting praise as an ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing
Originally written in 1955, I find this an excellent biography. Shaka began from a very low status position among his people and re-organized them into a very respectable, bronze or early Iron age ... Read full review
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