"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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That night the Ndwandwes camped on the south bank of the Umhlatuze - cold,
hungry, and mostly sleepless because of the night alarms of the Zulus, whose
main army was camped in the relative warmth of an eastern outrunner of the
Shaka's object was to create a panic among the Ndwandwes, in which many
would kill each other in the darkness and confusion; to rob them of a night's sleep
, and to break down their nerves generally. Actually, he was anticipating by over
She dreaded the oncoming night and asked for fire, but this was politely refused.
Animated by a sudden hope Ntombazi threw the first piece of meat to the hyaena,
which it voraciously snapped up, with a metallic clicking of the jaws which ...
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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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