From Library Journal
Lake Turkana (or Rudolph), a body of water some 200 miles long and 14 miles across in northern Kenya, has held a special appeal for a small group of foreigners willing and able to visit the area. Imperato, a professor in preventive medicine at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn, is one of them. He has faithfully documented the exploration of the lake during the second half of the 19th century and narrates how the lake-isolated in a desert and jade in color in the afternoon light-became a center of imperial competition. The book adds to our understanding of the conflict between competing empires-Ethiopian, British, German, and French-as each sought to control this region of eastern Africa. The book will appeal primarily to specialists in African or imperial studies. Recommended for academic libraries.ABill Rau, Takoma Park, MD
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About the Author
Pascal James Imperato is Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center.