The White Nile Paperback – 1 May 1983
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"A NOBLE BOOK ABOUT THE MIGHTIEST RIVER ON EARTH".
-- SATURDAY REVIEW
"Extraordinary, Compelling."--"New York Times"A noble book about the mightiest river on earth."--"Saturday Review"A vivid chronicle, stirring, exciting, important...endlessly fascinating. A superb drama of adventurers whose like can never again be seen."--"New York Herald Tribune --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Relive all the thrills and adventure of Alan Moorehead's classic bestseller The White Nile -- the daring exploration of the Nile River in the second half of the 19th century, which was at that time the most mysterious and impenetrable region on Earth. Capturing in breathtaking prose the larger-than-life personalities of such notable figures as Stanley, Livingstone, Burton, and many others, The White Nile remains a seminal work in tales of discovery and escapade, filled with incredible historical detail and compelling stories of heroism and drama. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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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 11 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