The Olde Vermonter found my copy of this book in the family archives not too long ago. Published in 1965, I think the last time I read it was 'round about 1970ish.
A superb book, it covers the period just before the rise of Shaka up to the Anglo-Zulu Wars of the late 19th Century. (If you've seen the movies Zulu Dawn and Zulu, this book will be an eye opener. Hollywood takes an excellent tale and puts their own spin on it. But we wouldn't know anything about that now, would we?)
I give it four and a half stars out of five. But only if you're seriously into history. As I am.
In 1879, armed only with their spears, their rawhide shields, and their incredible courage, the Zulus challenged the might of Victorian England and, initially, inflicted on the British the worst defeat a modern army has ever suffered at the hands of men without guns. This definitive account of the rise of the Zulu nation under the great ruler Shaka and its fall under Cetshwayo has been acclaimed for its scholarship, its monumental range, and its spellbinding readability. The story is studded with tales of drama and heroism: the Battle of Isandhlwana, where the Zulu army wiped out the major British column; and Rorke's Drift, where a handful of British troops beat off thousands of Zulu warriors and won eleven Victoria Crosses. - AmazonSo that's what I'm up to today.
Oh, and hanging shelves, The Missus Herself has a new home improvement project in which I am involved.
This helped get me in the mood...