"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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In the meantime Shaka sent in his third line, leaving himself with but one line in
reserve, which consisted solely of more or less lightly wounded warriors. ... Then
once again he sent them into action, but again they failed to break the Zulu lines.
The opposing lines were about 200 yards apart when they started slowly towards
each other, singing and dancing, but keeping almost perfectly straight lines. The
warriors presented a magnificent sight in their full war-dress, and with the ...
Behind this he was withdrawing his regiments, which were strung out on a 2000-
yard front parallel with the river, in the extended single- line formation in which
the regiments had reached it during the previous night. What Soshangane failed
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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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