n Historia - Shaka: A Jacana Pocket Biography, Dan Wylie : book review

Volume 57, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



The arguments presented in Dan Wylie's new Jacana Pocket Biography of Shaka, the famous nineteenth-century king of the Zulu, are those for which he has already become well known. As is to be expected, the volume is a condensed summary of his previous works, Savage Delight: White Myths of Shaka (2000) and Myth of Iron: Shaka in History (2006), the latter being the first comprehensive scholarly biography of Shaka. In terms of this new volumeâ??s accessibility to a wider audience, there is much to praise. Written as an introduction to the topic, in a witty, engaging style, it will almost certainly be well received by a novice readership. Arranged in eleven concise chapters, it can also be recommended as a valuable initial foray for those interested in reading more substantial scholarly works on Shaka and early Zulu history.

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