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My Favourite History Of The Zulu War,
This review is from: Zulu (Paperback)
I have to admit that like many others I developed a fascination with the Zulu War after having watched the Stanley Baker film "Zulu". Since then I have read a lot of books on the subject which go into varying levels of detail about the war but Saul David's book is the most readable and informative history to date.
As well as covering the most famous battles at Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift this book also covers a lot of lesser known battles that I was surprised to find are equally as fascinating to read about. For some reason other books barely mention the rest of the campaign but Saul David's "Zulu" vividly describes each episode in exciting and extremely readable prose.
Several highly detailed maps are provided at the front of the book showing the different battles and there are the usual collection of photo's and drawings to help illustrate the text.
Although the book does focus on the campaign from the British viewpoint the writing does show a great deal of respect for the bravery and achievements of the Zulu people. For a more detailed history of the Zulu's themselves Donald R Morris's "The Washing of the Spears" goes right back to the origins of the Zulu nation but doesn't do as good a job at describing the 1879 war.
If you want a stirring and engaging account of the Zulu War which will have you wanting to watch the movie "Zulu" again for the 500th time then I cannot reccomend Saul David's book more highly.