The Washing of the Spears: The Rise and Fall of the Zulu Nation

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Filled with colorful characters, dramatic battles like Isandhlwana and Rorke's Drift, and an inexorable narrative momentum, this unsurpassed history details the sixty-year existence of the world's mightiest African empire—from its brutal formation and zenith under the military genius Shaka (1787–1828), through its inevitable collision with white expansionism, to its dissolution under Cetshwayo in the Zulu War of 1879.

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Overview

Filled with colorful characters, dramatic battles like Isandhlwana and Rorke's Drift, and an inexorable narrative momentum, this unsurpassed history details the sixty-year existence of the world's mightiest African empire—from its brutal formation and zenith under the military genius Shaka (1787–1828), through its inevitable collision with white expansionism, to its dissolution under Cetshwayo in the Zulu War of 1879.

"This masterpiece of readable scholarship remains... the definitive account of the Zulu nation... . An amazing book."The Washington Post

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Washington Post
The definitive account of the Zulu nation. . . . An amazing book.
Washington Post Book World
Morris is at his best in his descriptions of battles, the scenes of which he has obviously visited. His style is consistently crisp and his judgements of controversial men and events seem fair and reasoned. . . .The definitive account of the Zulu nation. An amazing book.
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**** Cited in Books for College Libraries, 3rd ed.. This history was originally published by Simon and Schuster in 1965, but this reprint is of the edition published in London in 1989. It details the 60-year existence of the Zulu Nation, from its brutal formation and zenith, through its inevitable collisions with white expansionism, to its dissolution in the Zulu War of 1879. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671628222
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 9/1/1986
  • Series: A Touchstone Book
  • Pages: 688

Meet the Author

Donald R. Morris, a graduate of Annapolis, served in the Navy and later in the CIA. In addition to two novels, he has written columns and articles for theHouston Post, Atlantic Monthly, American Heritage, Proceedings, and the Encyclopedia Britannica, among others. He lives in Houston, Texas, where he publishes the Donald R. Morris Newsletter.
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