Of Warriors, Lovers, and Prophets: Unusual Stories from South Africa's Past

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Zebra, 2004 - History - 261 pages
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This is South African history as you've never seen it before: a fresh, lively, accessible book recounting fascinating, quirky and unexpected stories about our past. Drawing from seven years of historical research, Max du Preez has collected the richest and most extraordinary tales that he found.

There's the story of the Khoikhoi chief who was kidnapped and taken to England in 1610. And of King Moshoeshoe's mercy towards the cannibals who had eaten his beloved grandfather, because killing them would defile his grandfather's grave. There's the story of Boer War general Christiaan de Wet and his brother Piet, who joined the British forces and fought his own people. The stories span the centuries, up to recent times, and take in the variety of South Africa's regions and cultures.

The result is a fascinating mosaic of our rich historical heritage. There are plenty of academic histories of South Africa, but this is a book that the general reader will enjoy, and it will appeal to tourists too. It's researched with an investigative journalist's thoroughness, and written in the easy, accessible style that has made Max du Preez's writing so popular.

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User Review  - karima29 - LibraryThing

Thoroughly absorbing. I enjoy Max Du Preez, and I think he may be responsible for my first real understanding of what investigative journalism is. The necessity of it, the courage it requires, and the ... Read full review

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User Review  - pieterm - LibraryThing

Nicely researched and well written. The author allows his oppinion to see the light of day in his book - which at times can be frustrating and make the blood boil, but overall very entertaining and insightful stories. Read full review


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The Great Lover of the Mohokare Valley
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The Black Jews of Africa
The Nazi Assassin
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The Sleeping Gorilla
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That Bloody Coolie
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About the author (2004)

MAX DU PREEZ is one of South Africa's foremost investigative journalists. After working as a political correspondent for various newspapers, he founded Vrye Weekblad, South Africa's first anti-apartheid Afrikaans newspaper, in 1988, and in the 1990s he launched the television programs Special Report on the Truth Commission and Special Assignment. Max's documentary film on King Moshoeshoe, The Renaissance King, aired on South African television in 2004. His books include Pale Native, Of Lovers, Warriors and Prophets, Oranje Blanje Blues and Of Tricksters, Tyrants and Turncoats. He is currently a political columnist for various newspapers and websites.

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