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The White Nile (1960)

by Alan Moorehead

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Series: The Nile (1)

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This tale starts with Richard Burton and John Hanningspeke setting out to find the sources of the Nile. The author tells of Baker of the Nile and his wife, and of the American journalist H. M. Stanley whose greeting to Livingstone became a household phrase. He also examines the results of their discoveries: the building of the Suez Canal, the appointment of Chinese Gordon as governor-general of the Sudan and his tragic end in Khartoum, of the military successes which made Queen Victoria the ruler of a huge area from Alexandia to the highlands of Uganda, and which opened the Nile as a highway from Central Africa to the sea.… (more)
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Len Artzen
  cheshire11 | Apr 7, 2021 |
One of my favourite books by an Australian author is actually an illumination of Englishmen exploring what is today Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan and Sudan more than 150 years ago. This was published in 1960 and the author travelled through these regions, starting in Zanzibar. A compelling and exciting work of history.
  Tom.Wilson | Sep 11, 2020 |
Variable quality. Some parts are fascinating and atmospheric, and other parts are very tedious. The maps are insufficient. The author assumes a basic familiarity with the characters and their stories that I did not have. ( )
  breic | Aug 1, 2018 |
Alan Moorehead wrote a delightful pair of books dealing with the exploration of the Nile basin. they are well written and decently illustrated. Though we are dealing completely with the British Explorers this was a very popular book in its day, and is a good description of the efforts to find out what lay upstream from Egypt. There is also, for the time, an attempt at relating to the effects of European expansion upon the local population. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Feb 24, 2018 |
The White Nile has been a popular book since its release in 1960 but it's now of a different age and eclipsed by better books. Tim Jeal's Explorers of the Nile makes this seem a light and amateur effort. If I had not already read Jeals book I would have been confused by Moorehead's telling. With that said, Moorehead's writing is colorful and it has some wonderful poetic sentences. ( )
  Stbalbach | Aug 28, 2017 |
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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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... of the sources of the Nile, no one can give any account, it enters Egypt from parts beyond. Herodotus, Book 11:34
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To Freya Stark
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No unexplored region in our times, neither the heights of the Himalayas, the Antarctic wastes, no even the hidden side of the moon, has excited quite the same fascination as the mystery of the sources of the Nile.
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This tale starts with Richard Burton and John Hanningspeke setting out to find the sources of the Nile. The author tells of Baker of the Nile and his wife, and of the American journalist H. M. Stanley whose greeting to Livingstone became a household phrase. He also examines the results of their discoveries: the building of the Suez Canal, the appointment of Chinese Gordon as governor-general of the Sudan and his tragic end in Khartoum, of the military successes which made Queen Victoria the ruler of a huge area from Alexandia to the highlands of Uganda, and which opened the Nile as a highway from Central Africa to the sea.

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