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The White Nile (Adventure Library) (original 1960; edition 1995)

by Alan Moorehead (Author)

Series: The Nile (1)

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Title:The White Nile (Adventure Library)
Authors:Alan Moorehead (Author)
Info:Adventure Library (1995), 397 pages
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The White Nile by Alan Moorehead (1960)


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A great introduction to history of the region and even to African history in general as Moorehead covers so much. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
A good history but sprinkled with an anti-colonialist perspective current at the time of its writing by the Australian writer Alan Moorehead. ( )
  JayLivernois | Aug 21, 2016 |
I appreciated this account of the exploration of this branch of the Nile., which meets the Blue Nile at Khartoum in the Sudan. ( )
  Schmerguls | May 26, 2013 |
spectacular tales ( )
  pagewright | May 26, 2012 |
This is exciting history and the book, as is normal with this author, is also exciting and engaging to read. Extremely well written (see his other Nile account The Blue Nile http://www.librarything.com/work/87178 ) is very deeply researched (notes, resource and bibliography are included) and Moorehead is always at his best in bringing alive his selected characters from history.

And what a cast … from Herodotus as probably the first explorer, and the broadest outline of a map of the sources of this most famous river by Ptolemy, we explore the river springing from “fountains among the Mountains of the Moon” with Burton, Speke, Baker, Livingstone (and therefore, of course Stanley) Gordon, the Generals Wolseley, Kitchener and members of the Wingate family of Arabists, explorers and war leaders – and remarkably still alive at the book’s publishing – Sir Winston Churchill. Any account of this period in African history would also have to include the slaver, Tippu Tib, the Islamic “new prophet’ and leader El Mahdi, his brave successor the Khalifa leading his almost medieval troops under his black flag to paradise and glory against the maxims and artillery guns of a modern army. The prominent and successful African chiefs and kings, Khartoum, Omdurman, Cairo and the Sudan, the Congo, and Egypt complete the listing and are as thoroughly detailed in this work as the great river itself.

In support of his research Moorehead also visited many of the significant points around the Nile’s source, describing their current – and often remarkably unchanged – views and their further role in history. In his epilogue he tracks the explorers, kings, chiefs and Generals of his fascinating story, truly until the completion and mapping of the source only at the close of the 1900’s ”… the greatest geographical secret after the discovery of America.”

A recommended read for all history buffs or even those who just like a good story – and a great entry-point for further reading on African history and exploration and to this author’s marvelously well researched and written books.
3 vote John_Vaughan | Mar 17, 2012 |
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Based on contemporary records, as well as Alan Moorehead's solid sense of history and subtler character insights, this is an exciting record of the fifty years of African exploration and the attempt to reach the sources of the Nile. Across these pages we meet a mixed group of reckless to resolute figures -- soldiers, sportsmen, scholars and reformers who through whatever motivation made these journeys to the interior and endured ordeals of hardship.
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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 nineteenth 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.

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