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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Prion Books Ltd; New edition edition (3 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853752649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853752643
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.4 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,095,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Mar. 2004
Format: Paperback
My copy of "The River War" is a battered 1960 copy purchased some years ago in a second hand bookshop. It is one of the handful of books that I have read more than twice. It is just so well written.
Bearing in mind that Winston Chruchill was present at the final Battle of Omdurman, he had a ringside seat in this "little war", actually taking part in a cavalry charge.
The book starts with a history of "the Soudan" as he writes it, and the early chapters cover the Gladstone and General Gordon story; essential to a total understanding of the problems in the Sudan at the end of the 19th century.
The bulk of the book covers the campaign by Sir H. Kitchener to push up the Nile with a railway, laid at the rate of a mile a day at times -(British railways eat your heart out). The logistic problems of water for men, camals, horses, and steam locomotives was huge.
Churchill`s turn of phrase is inimitable, and he carries the reader smoothly through all the twists and turns of the heroic story - heroic on both sides.
Some reader may be offended by the non-PC language used, such as "Mohammedan" for a follower of Islam, "savages", "inferior race" "fuzzy-wuzzie" etc, but the reader must remember that these words and phrases were quite acceptable at the time, and I reckon that in using them the author is not being insulting, but simply using the language of his times. This was written in 1902 if I remember correctly.
I suspect that more modern works on the subject are more balanced, and accurate, if only for 102 years of hindsight being available, (and more PC), but I can thouroughly recommend getting this book if you have the slightest interest in the subject. And come to think of it, even if you don`t.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 April 2006
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The Prime Classics 2005 edition, published by Wildside Non-fiction, of Churchill's account of the reconquest of the Sudan, is spoiled by the lack of maps and the lack of an index. This fascinating story is told superbly by a master of the English language who participated in the battle of Ondurman. In it Churchill refers the reader to maps, with which the visulisation and understanding of the events would have been greatly enhanced. I found the lack of them frustrating. Additionally, the lack of an index limits the use of this edition as source of reference. I found no description on the Amazon/Waterstones web-site to indicate the lack of these items, which I would expect from any serious historical account. My other readings of Churchill (The Second World War) have led me to expect such would be included by the author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Hall on 2 Dec. 2012
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What a disappointment that this edition does not include the excelent maps in earlier editions. Also the proof reading was less thorough than expected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Clark on 20 Dec. 2014
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Straight from the hand of Churchill has a special meaning. Candid and considerate. He is unhindered by the dishonesty of political correctness. He provides honest appraisal of the attributes of certain people groups. Strangely enough people groups do display idiosyncrasies. This is a refreshing read for a dishonest generation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By r bourne on 29 Dec. 2014
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The original maps,that apparently have been omitted, are truly essential .What could have possessed the person who made the decision to omit them?Otherwise brilliant read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Surrey John on 8 Feb. 2014
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Gripping read from start to finish.
Typically Churchillian in language and perspective which is great if you like that sort of thing and I do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan C Kennedy on 12 July 2013
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Historical value and relevance to happenings in the Islamic world today all expressed in some of the best written English language you could find.
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Churchill should've stayed an author, this is really, really good. think he missed his true calling by becoming involved in politics
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