The Blue Nile Paperback – 1 Sep 2000
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"AN EXCITING AND UNUSUAL BOOK". -- NEW YORK TIMES
"A Masterpiece."--"Newsweek"An Exciting and Unusual Book."--"New York Times"Utterly absorbing, sweeping as the mighty river itself...A magnificent, gripping story."--"The Washington Post
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In the first half of the 19th century, only a small handful of Westerners had ventured into the regions watered by the Nile River on its long journey from Lake Tana in Abyssinia to the Mediterranean -- lands that had been forgotten since Roman times, or had never been known at all. In The Blue Nile, Alan Moorehead continues the classic, thrilling narration of adventure he began in The White Nile, depicting this exotic place through the lives of four explores so daring they can be considered among the world's original adventures -- each acting and reacting in separate expeditions against a bewildering background of slavery and massacre, political upheaval, and all-out war.See all Product Description
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Part One: Reconnaissance, opens with a description of Lake Tana in the highlands of Ethiopia. Although the lake is considered the primary source of the Blue Nile, the Little Abbai river which flows from the Ghis Abbai swamp is the largest tributary to Lake Tana. Where it leaves the lake, the river is called the Big Abbai. The author descibed the landscape of the highlands, the Tissat Falls about 20 miles beyond the lake and the desolate Blue Nile gorge as the river winds down the highlands to Sudan. This section also investigates the exploits of explorer James Bruce in Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. He was the first European to reach the source of the river.
Part Two: The French in Egypt, discusses the political situation in Europe in the 1790s and the background to Napoleon's invasion of Egypt. There are detailed descriptions of the preparations and the condition of Egypt at the time with discussions of Mamluke rule and the leader Murad. The French moved as far south as Aswan and completed the conquest by October 1799. Then the English destroyed their fleet and they were trapped in Egypt.Read more ›
The first chapter deals with the discovery of the source of the Blue Nile at Lake Tana by various people dating back to the 16th centuary -some approaching from Zanzibar.You have multiple discoverers take your pick.
The remainder of the book relates how the French,Turks And British influenced activities and developments along the whole length of the Nile.
First class text,pictures,paintings and illustrations.
A must for any library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I needed the book as a part of the history of the Nile. it is really informative and a fairly true reflection of that period. arrived within expected time with very good packaging.Published 12 months ago by Dr Suad Awad
excellent, a very good edition with lots of illustrations and mapsPublished on 9 July 2014 by bridget villiers-stuart
What a fascinating read. I really did enjoy this book and I certainly learnt much about a part of the world and period of history of significance both then and today. Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2014 by RMCT
an excellent book written by a leader in his field, bring life and colour to the Nile from a black and white eraPublished on 8 July 2013 by Tim
I was curious to learn more about British colonial history in the Arab and African worlds and found this book by accident.
What a pleasure it has proven to read! Read more
I read the author's book on The Blue Nile some years ago and always meant to read something else of his and at last got round to it. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2011 by Gary B
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