Great history about the early days of South Africa.
This is one of those history books where facts, and the people involved, are so much more interesting than any piece of fiction can be.
Mostly the book examines the personalities of Cecil Rhodes and Paul Kruger and the clash of the English and the Afrikaners.
Fantastic book. The truth is very different from the history we have been taught. This book became a page turner once Cecil Rhodes part was introduced. Read morePublished 1 month ago by GodAlone
We hear of the Boar War, or at least if you love history you come across its name here and there and vaguely may know of some of its outlines. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Knight Rain
For those interesting in understanding the genesis of South African fault-lines which in effect, are the microcosm of the larger present day African crises, then, this is a must... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sunday Todili Aremu
Well, if not a soap opera then certainly like a real life film noir. Martin Meredith's book really has no good guys. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stanley
If I lived to a be a 100, I could never write a book of this magnitude and scholarship. I commend Meredith for brilliantly compiling and organizing the history of the Brittish in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jon H
Great read. It was exactly what I was looking for, the author gave the history of South Africa without getting bogged down in looking at it through the modern day political lens. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Trevor Russell
Started out with a lot of intersting facts. Have gotten over half way through and personaly, I feel bored with it.Published 11 months ago by Joseph Hill
Rhodes vs Kruger, the British vs the Boers, farmers vs miners, whites vs blacks. These are only a few of the fights going on during this period. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mr. Bengt
I think even readers who do not have a deep interest in British imperial history will find this book interesting, because the author makes the major players involved come alive. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mark Anderson