Shaka Zulu was born in 1787, the illegitimate son of a minor chieftain. Beginning with a nucleus of 500 warriors and a 100 square miles of territory, he went on to unify the warring tribes of the Zulus through dazzling force of arms and brilliant diplomacy. Murdered at the height of his power, he left behind an empire of over a 100,000 square miles, a harem of 1200 women and an amazingly enlightened system of government and law, and a magnificent military machine that later would challenge the full might of the British empire. This is the story of one of the most extraordinary men in all of history. But even more than that, it is a portrayal unrivaled in vivid authenticity of a great black African civilization at its very peak of power and pride.