This is one of Michener's better books. (I think _Hawaii_ is his best. _Chesapeake_ is also worth reading, but nothing M ever wrote achieved the level of excellence _Hawaii_ did, a book which is a work of art as well as an informative history.)
_The Covenant_ is about the Dutch boers who settled in South Africa and their relationship to Blacks and other groups and their strange relationship with the Bible and racism.
Very long, but the usual Michener well-told tale
from the back cover:
"Adventurers, scoundrels and missionaries. The best and worst of two continents carve an empire out of the vast wilderness that is to become South Africa. For hundreds of years, their rivalries and passions spill across the land.
"From the Java-born van Doorns spring two great branches of the family. One will create vast, lush vineyards. The other will settle the interior and become the first Trekboers and Afrikaners.
"From the Nxumalos, inhabitants of a peaceful village unchaged for centureies, come those who will unite warrior tribes into the powerful Zulu nation and intertwine forever with teh Van Doorns
"From the Saltwoods, wealthy spice merchants, come missionaries and settlers who join the colored masses and influence the wwars and politics that will change a nation forever.
"THE COVENANT: generations of people who forge a new world in a story of adventure and heroism, love and loyalty, cruelty and betrayal."
This is a thick paperback in ok condition. The other cover is a bit worn, but the pages are all fine.