"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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His own prowess as an infighter had shown him what was needed , but , as we
have seen , he had found the throwing spear dangerously fragile when used as a
striking or thrusting weapon . He was determined to get his stabbing blade ...
Again they halted within half a spear ' s throw from the Zulus , who had been
instructed to crouch low behind their five - foot - long shields . A ' shelf ' * of
spears came hurtling amongst them , but the damage they did was negligible .
At one spear ' s throw the chant ceased abruptly . There was a deadly silence ...
Half of them had been killed on the river bank , and the other half had lost their
spears and shields in swimming across the river to safety . As they swam a great
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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
Zululand and the Zulus in the late Eighteenth Century
Birth and Exile
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