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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent View from "The Other Side", 7 Jan 2011
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This review is from: The Mahdi of Sudan and the Death of General Gordon (Paperback)
This is, in my experience, a very rare book on the Sudan campaigns in that it concentrates prdominantly on the Mahdist view of the uprising and the Gordon Relief campaign. All too often books surrounding the siege and fall of Khartoum begin with only a cursory overview of the rise of the Mahdi before launching in to in-depth coverage of the relief expedition. This book chronicles the life of the Mahdi from his birth, detailing his upbringing and how htis shaped his thinking and gave rise to his spearheading of the rebellion that brought the downfall of Egyptian rule in the Sudan. The rebellion is covered in considerable detail, in particular the deep tribal divisions that illustrate that it was not a clear cut "Sudanese vs. Egyptian" situation. In short this book is a perfect companion to more "traditional" coverage of the war in the Sudan, and I highly recommend it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy, objective and interesting account of the Mahdi and Pasha Gordon, 3 Nov 2011
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I found this book to be exactly what I wanted, an objective, informative and interesting account of the Mahdi of Sudan and the events that led up to the death of General Gordon. The book was a very easy and compelling read that I finished in just three sittings. I also like the pictures of Gordon, Hick's field force, the Mahdi's tomb, and Usman Digna of the Mahdi's forces. In addition Nicoll has included maps of the Sudan that give readers an idea of the geography of the Sudan in the late 19th century.

Another aspect of the book I liked was the use of quotes from British Army figures at the battle of Omdurman, the Mahdi's communication with Gordon and Gordon's communication with senior figures in Egypt. Having read this book I would reccommend it to anyone who wishes to have a clearer picture of what happened in the Sudan during this fascinating period of history.
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The Mahdi of Sudan and the Death of General Gordon by Fergus Nicoll (Paperback - 19 May 2005)
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