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This review is from: The Washing of the Spears: A History of the Rise of the Zulu Nation under Shaka and Its Fall in the Zulu War of 1879 : Rise and Fall of the Great Zulu Nation (Paperback)
I was surprised to see this book only has 2 reviews so I thought I'd add my 5-star rating. Possibly the best historical book I've ever read (and one I re-read every few years) - exciting, because I didn't know the story, and superbly told. The Brits are the villains, the Boers are sympathetically and fairly portrayed, and the tragedy of the Zulus, who at the end don't even know why they're fighting, is heart-breaking. It helps you to understand the mess that South Africa got into with apartheid, if that interests you. But even if it doesn't this is a great story which I can't recommend too highly.