Diamonds, Gold, and War by Martin Meredith
The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa

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Southern Africa was once regarded as a worthless jumble of British colonies, Boer republics, and African chiefdoms, a troublesome region of little interest to the outside world. But then prospectors chanced upon the world’s richest deposits of diamonds and gold, setting off a titanic struggle between the British and the Boers for control of the land. The result was the costliest, bloodiest, and most humiliating war that Britain had waged in nearly a century, and the devastation of the Boer republics. The New Yorker calls this magisterial account of those years “[an] astute history.… Meredith expertly shows how the exigencies of the diamond (and then gold) rush laid the foundation for apartheid.”
 

About Martin Meredith

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Martin Meredith has spent much of his life writing about Africa: first as a foreign correspondent for the "London Observer" and "Sunday Times," then as a research fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford, and now as an independent author and commentator. He is the author of "In the Name of Apartheid: South Africa's New Era," "The Past is Another Country," "The First Dance of Freedom," "Nelson Mandela," and "Coming to Terms: South Africa's Search for Truth,
 
Published September 23, 2008 by PublicAffairs. 593 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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The unruly formation of South Africa, set to a backdrop of war over the country's invaluable resources.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Diamonds, Gold, and War: The ...

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This history of South Africa's creation captures the story’s major players, especially Cecil Rhodes, in indelible detail.

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