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  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (18 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492756660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492756668
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.7 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the young Winston Churchill, in his first major historical work, the stirring and authoritative account of the Anglo-Egyptian reconquest of Sudan. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) was prime minister of Great Britain during World War I. Throughout his long and distinguished political career, his writing was prolific. Churchill received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J Dunne on 17 Sep 2013
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The River War is the second book published by Churchill, (1899). It had its origins in a series of despatches sent by Churchill to a London newspaper. These described the expedition up the river Nile, led by Lord Kitchener, to re-conquer the Sudan and culminating in the battle of Omdurman.

Churchill was then only in his early twenties but already quite an accomplished writer. He is particularly good at “setting the scene” and describing a landscape. He is also a good reporter of events and can give exciting accounts of actions fought on the campaign.

The book also reveal quite a lot about the young Churchill’s attitudes and presumptions, for example his imperialistic view of the right of the British to rule “in foreign climes” in their far flung empire!

It is well worth dipping into as a “good read”.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff146 on 18 April 2014
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Great read for those interested in the life and adventures of the young Churchill. This book was not written with his usual flair but it was written while he was relatively young and his style had yet to develop. His description of the cavalry charge, in which he took part, is particularly memorable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Warner on 12 Aug 2013
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The book,a true account,by W S Churchill, who was there and took part in, one of the last Cavalry charges by British forces. Is a gripping account of the lead up to and the subsequent action during The battle of Omdurman and the aftermath. It also touches briefly on General Gordon's part that led to the action. This is a real 'Boy's Own' adventure story and every bit as exciting! This book is a 'must' for any student of British Colonial history. Gripping from begining to end!
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I only bought this on Kindle as I saw a quote from it somewhere. I couldn't put it down! Brilliantly written, full of anecdotes and stories beyond mere imagination. But you will need a good map to refer to as you go. Give it a try, you might well enjoy it as much as I did.
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As I read this book, I was reminded of the words of an old Tennessean ‘Don’t trust a man who never had mud on his boots!’ This is where Churchill encountered the horrors of war, and perhaps led him to caution his generals in the Second World War to ensure they did not emulate the errors of the First World War, and to care for the lives of their men. It was interesting to observe the difference in expression compared to his later books. The book gave an insight into an age and attitude that has gone for ever.
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