Washing of the Spears

by Donald R. Morris
(Ross Murphy - Oklahoma, USA)

Outstanding history story of the rise and fall of the Zulu nation in South Africa. Very detailed and thoroughly researched. It is not biased and the author presents the facts as he uncovered them from years of research. If you are a fan of detailed, Michener-esque type history, this book will be right up your alley. It is very well written in an engaging style that you should be able to enjoy.


The only downside is that it is loaded with details that at times distracted me from the storyline. The author does an amazing job of assimilating the facts and the timelines, but I got lost several times. At 615 pages, it drug but that is more my problem than that of the author. You will enjoy this book if you like detailed, well documented stories/history.

I rate this book a 10 out of 10 for quality, and a 7 out of ten for ease of reading. Overall, if you like African history, this is a great book.

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