review MAFEKING


This is the third book that I have read in a short time about the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). First a book about the Boer War by Bossenbroek, next to that I read the diary of Sol T. Plaatje about the siege of Mafeking. This third book is about the very same siege of Mafeking, written … Continue reading review MAFEKING

review THE BOER WAR DIARY OF SOL T. PLAATJE


The second Boer War (or Anglo-Boer War) lasted from 1899-902 and was an important war in southern Africa. The colonial power of the British Empire was up against the tiny republics of Transvaal and Orange Free State. The Boer and the British had decided this was to be a white man’s war, but in reality … Continue reading review THE BOER WAR DIARY OF SOL T. PLAATJE

Review of HORN OF AFRICA


Let me first write a few things about the author Philip Caputo (1941), for this will help in finding the context for his book  Horn of Africa. He worked in the American army, serving in Vietnam. For many years he was a journalist in the Near East (or Middle East) as a correspondent for The … Continue reading Review of HORN OF AFRICA

LADYSMITH


The British author Giles Foden (1967) made himself known to me with his last on the last king of Scotland. A surprising king: Idi Amin, who had a soft spot for bagpipes and kilts. The book centers around a medical doctor who becomes the personal medical doctor of the dictator. In his second novel Giles … Continue reading LADYSMITH