Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa by Martin Meredith
Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 524 MB
Overview: 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."
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction