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Zulu: The Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879 Paperback – July 28, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (July 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141015691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141015699
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Saul David is an author and broadcaster. He was born in 1966 and educated at Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities, receiving his history doctorate in 2001. He is the author of six previous books including Mutiny at Salerno: An Injustice Exposed (made into a BBC Timewatch documentary), and The Indian Mutiny (Viking 2002). He is now presenting 'Great Escapes' series to be screened on Channel Five, appeared as an 'expert' on the BBC2 virtual battle series Time Commanders and was consultant for the BBC's 'Zulu: The True Story' (2003).

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I found the book an interesting and exciting read.
J. Chippindale
It is a BIG subject which he manages to condense without losing anything in the process.
Putter Maker Bo
I consider this version of the Zulu War of 1879 the best out there.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale on September 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a meticulously detailed history book that reads like a novel. If only all history books were as enjoyable as this, their popularity would increase beyond recognition. The author has gone out of his way to give a rounded and unbiased view of the Zulu War. I found the book an interesting and exciting read.

This was one of the most controversial and brutal conflict of the nineteenth century. The real story of the Anglo-Zulu war was one of deception, dishonour, incompetence and dereliction of duty by Lord Chelmsford who invaded Zulu land without the knowledge of the British Government. But it did not go to plan and there were many political repercussions.

The author Saul David is an author and broadcaster. He has written several books prior to this one and been involved in several documentary programmes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By thomas coohill on May 5, 2012
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I've read many of the books about this war, most written by authors who are not historians. David is and that must be why this book reads like the truth. I recently visited both Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana and both experiences were greatly enhanced by my having read Zulu. The movie Zulu, while thrilling, seems to be only losely based on fact and biased toward the British view. Zulu Dawn seems more truthful. A young Zulu student lived with us for a year (25 years ago) and I wish we had kept in contact. Visiting the sites with him and inviting him to read David's book would have made my visit to South Africa even more interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A6Bnito on August 9, 2012
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Very well written and informative book. It truly brings the reader to the times and provides keen insight to everything from the politics to the the tactics employed during this period. The included maps are of great benefit for those who are not familiar with the region (as I am not), and the descriptive text helps the reader to visualize the environment the British Army, Native Contingents, and the Zulus operated in.

A good read for those with an interest in the history of this region or for those who wish to learn more about this time period and the Zulu wars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By easy reader on May 16, 2013
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A collaberation of historical facts that highlights the arrogance of Queen Victoria's army's in the persuit of extending the Empire. They under estimated the military prowess of the Zulu Nation much to their detriment .Although the bravery of the ordinary British soldier was never in doubt the prowess of the Zulu warrior was definitely established. I thought that it was a well researched book.
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