The White Nile (Anglais) Broché – 17 octobre 2000
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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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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.
This book can be read alone or better as a sequel of "The White Nile". The narration is equally effective and the limits are those of a book written in the 1960's. The episodes are less dealing with only four major topics. I read the book in a day and half, considering it took me three days to read the "The White Nile". Now I have to look for further stories by this great writer.
Also, the parallels to our own twenty-first century times were so apparent to me that I consider this one of those histories to which Seneca was referring when he so notoriously said that those ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it. The passages on British popular opinion of war with Egypt could have easily been applied to any number of more modern wars by simply changing the names.
My wife and I read this book aloud to each other, and greatly enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading more by the same author. My copy was an old hardback from Amazon's used section.
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