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Product Details

  • Paperback: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Lifetime Creations; 1ST edition (August 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962898732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962898730
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,017,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BORN AND RAISED in South Africa, Graham Fysh worked for 20 years as a journalist and political columnist for major South African publications during the time of apartheid before moving to the United States and working at Seattle-area newspapers for 15 years.

He has a master's degree in journalism, with honors, from Columbia University in the City of New York, where he received an award for being judged the best foreign student in his class, and a master's degree in communications from the University of Washington. He taught journalism for two years at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

His latest book, "Sent to kill" (an updated and illustrated version of his book MOOROSI, published in 2012) tells of a war between the Cape Colony and King Moorosi, leader of the Baphuthi people, in 1879. It is a case study in how cultural conflict can lead to war, reflecting Fysh's lifelong study of South African history, international politics, and the role of culture in conflict. It also reflects a lifelong interest in the history of Lesotho, a country he came to know and love on many visits, starting in 1961. The result of seven years of research, the true story contains profound meaning for many areas of today's world in which the underlying tensions are remarkably similar.

In addition to "Sent to kill" Fysh is the author of: "The Three Lessons of Mr. Markew," "How Small Business Owners Succeed and how you can, too," and "How to turn dotCom into dotCash." He and his wife live in the Seattle area. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

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Graham Fysh writes well and tells a story that needs to be told.
AP
There are lessons to be learnt and it brings to mind more recent conflicts like those in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Roy Wood
This book should be read by those interested in South African history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn M Burns on October 1, 2012
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This book kept me involved from cover to cover. It's obvious that the author did an enornous amount of research and based his book on real events. The conflict that arises between the colonists and the natives in the late 1800's is depticted in great detail, giving the reader a much deeper understanding of the situation in South Africa during that time. I would recommend this book to every history buff and anyone else who enjoys a deeply intriguing story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By loveteaching on August 27, 2012
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"Moorosi" is a great read! It shares the true story of a war in Basutoland between an African king named Moorosi and the colonists. The author tells the story in a way that allows you to travel back to that time and see how small misunderstandings between cultures can lead to war. You see the story through the eyes of the different people as you journey with them. I could not put the book down, I read it to my husband on a road trip to California and we could not wait to get into the car each day to see what would happen next. We are still talking about it weeks later and how it challenged our views on cultural differences and war.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roy Wood on December 18, 2012
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In 1879 the British Cape Colony in Africa attacked Moorosi, King of the Baputhi people in what today is called Lesotho.

Graham Fysh, originally from neighbouring South Africa, has had a long and distinguished career in journalism. He has a Masters from Columbia University in journalism, a Masters in communication from the University of Washington and has taught journalism at Lehigh University.

The story is set in the Quthing district of Lesotho. It starts with the willful destruction of a field of corn and the misunderstandings which follow it. A local magistrate tries to serve justice according to the British legal system, usurping King Moorosi's right to administer justice as well as completely ignoring the traditional customs of the Baputhi. This serves as a foretaste of what is to come: disdain for the culture, history and values of a people just because they are different.

Things get worse as the greed of the colonists unfolds: the annexation of what was then called Basutoland turns into a legalised land grab.

King Moorosi is nobody's fool and sees exactly what is happening. He realises that the blandishments and promises of the colonists count for nothing, and he mounts a carefully prepared rebellion.

Local missionaries, who see the problems very clearly, do their utmost to bring peace, but to no avail.

Fysh belongs to the Old School of journalism. That's the one which insists that facts must be checked, not made up. The book is a result of six years research, and there's a website where documents and photographs can be viewed.
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