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The White Nile by Alan Moorehead

The White Nile (original 1960; edition 2000)

by Alan Moorehead (Author)

Series: The Nile (1)

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The story of the Nile, from the Mountains of the Moon to the Mediterranean. The tale starts with Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke setting out to find the sources of the Nile. It continues with Baker of the Nile and his wife struggling with malaria, and of the famous greeting between Stanley and Livingstone. The book examines the results of their discoveries: the building of the Suez canal; the Khedive Ismail's appointment of Gordon as Governor-General of Sudan; and the story of the last days of Khartoum.… (more)
Title:The White Nile
Authors:Alan Moorehead (Author)
Info:Harper Perennial (2000), Edition: 1st Printing, 448 pages
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The White Nile by Alan Moorehead (1960)


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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 |
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 |
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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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