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The River War Paperback – June 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1598184259 ISBN-10: 1598184253

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Alan Rodgers Books (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598184253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598184259
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,796,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, DL, FRS, Hon. RA (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British Conservative politician and statesman known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the century, he served as Prime Minister twice (1940–45 and 1951–55). A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer, and an artist. He is the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first person to be made an Honorary Citizen of the United States. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dalton C. Rocha on April 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
I read online this good book, writen more than 100 years ago, by famous British Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill or just Sir Winston Churchill. This book is about a war between a then powerfull industrial nation - England - and an Islamic country, Sudan.
About Islam itself, Sir Winston Churchill writes in this book these sentences: "How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property - either as a child, a wife, or a concubine - must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Old Guy on June 15, 2012
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I am loving this book. There is a great WIKI page that summarizes the book far better than I could. Unfortunately, though, this edition lacks the original's military maps.

Also, the orginal was published as two volumes. Volume two is now printed as The Story of the Malakand Field Force An Episode of Frontier War, the story of Winston's time fighting in the tribal areas of what is now Pakistan. If you are insterested in the present wars against fundamentalists in Africa and Asia, these are must read books. It maght have proven useful for Bush, Cheany and Wolfowitz to have read these books before launching their response. (Our wars may be seen as deja-vu all over again.)

If you want to see the excellent colored military maps found in the original edition, you may either print them from the scanned copies available online at either Archive or Guttenberg, or download a pdf copy of the original from either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Quietman on June 16, 2013
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A fantastic use of the English language to give a detailed description of a war of the late 1800s in which Churchill participated. He wrote this detailed war story in longhand. The only criticism is the lack of maps which would make it perfect. It should be read ( with map in hand) by anyone who want to understand today's conflicts in Sudan with jihad. Churchill was a great author as well as a statesman who led Britain during WWII. Reading this made me pick up "The Last Lion" Manchester and Reid's wonderful biography of Churchill during that war and until he died.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Dalzell on November 3, 2012
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I found the book an excellent read, and his writing based on first-hand experience, clear and concise. His praise for good leadership is not one-sided, and the casualties demonstrate the superiority of machine guns and artillery over spears, swords and determination. A for-runner of the Somme when both sides were equally massacred together. The importance of maintaining the supporting flow of food, water and material including competent medical staff is well illustrated.
It has one outstanding fault, there is no map or maps to show progress and e.g. the location of the cataracts. Even the location of Omdurman and Khartoum at the junction of the Blue and White Niles would have been the minimum. The division agreed between the French and British governments - just a couple of lines would have been of historical interest.
A few photos of the terrain today, sketches of typical soldiers, cavalry, dervishes (their banners, even) and perhaps a memorial or two, if they exist today etc etc.

Winston certainly did not review the present book.
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