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The Blue Nile Paperback – October 17, 2000
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"A Masterpiece."--"Newsweek"An Exciting and Unusual Book."--"New York Times"Utterly absorbing, sweeping as the mighty river itself...A magnificent, gripping story."--"The Washington Post
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As Moorehead tells us, it was the last great unknown. By the 1850s, maps of the world were accurate from corner to corner-- except for the "Dark Continent" of Africa. Its massive interior was blank; a question mark. No explorer had ever entered it and come out alive. One of the greatest ages of exploration was on: a time of Stanley and Livingston, of astonishing discoveries, of bravery and courage, slavery and horror. A handful of men risked everything to solve the Holy Grail that spurred them on: to find the source of the Nile.
Note: This book was originally published in the early 1960s, I believe, along with a companion book, "The White Nile," which traces the stories, history, and intriguing exploration of the other branch of the Nile within Africa's interior. If you read one, you won't be able to resist the other. END
This book deals with the Upper Nile region of Sudan and Central Africa, primarily in the latter half of the 19th century. Parts of the book dealing with Speke, David Livingstone and Henry Stanley were somewhat familiar to me, however historical characters such as Burton, Gordon, Emin, the Mahdi and various of the other Pashas and Khedives were new and absolutely fertile ground.
This book is extremely well written and at almost all times captivating. The descriptions of the Sudd region of the Nile raised visions of Humphrey Bogart dragging the African Queen and Kathrine Hepburn through the reed choked channels of another African river. The chapters on the fall of Khartoum and the struggles of Emin in Equatoria were riveting.
I highly recommend this book, if for no other reason than the fact that unless you are a student of central Africa, you have probably never been exposed to much of this history. For anyone seeking a more detailed treatment of specific African explorations, I recommend Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone by Martin Dugard. Another captivating read from this period would be King Leopold's Ghost, dealing with colonization of the Belgian Congo.
In high school I determined to read everything else Moorehead wrote, The Blue Nile-Fantastic, The Russian Revolution-truly great, Cooper's Creek-outstanding book of early Australian explorers. I wonder how many teenagers were launched into the world of books, literature and history by Alan Moorehead.
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Always looking for a good story of exploration, adventure, and derring-do, I decided to give Alan Moorehead's "The White Nile" a go. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Musubi
A very interesting and comprehensive telling of the various adventures involved with the exploration of the Nile river. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mungo__Park
Outstanding read about the history of a key region in the world. Very well written, with a host of fascinating characters and delightful expositions of little known but pivotal... Read morePublished 3 months ago by R Murphy
Alan Moorehead is (was) the best. His crisp and compact style and collector of the facts and speculation is greatly entertaining.Published 3 months ago by E2Rose
This is a book I reread (actually re-audit) every few years. It's an account of the astonishing true history of 19th century African exploration that inspired thousands of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Taras W.
This book is incredible!!!
Moorehead is hilariously politically incorrect, every couple of pages he just casually makes the most racist, most hilariously insensitive... Read more
This is a remarkable book, written by one of the best writers of the English language. His narrative is unique and upon reading the book you have a quite good perspective of Egypt... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rodrigo M.
Fascinating! I've gone through this book twice, as well as the companion book The Blue Nile. Moorehead weaves the stories of various explorers over several decades seamlessly. Read morePublished 7 months ago by N. Ellis