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Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure: The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika Paperback – March 14, 2006
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The last forty pages are involved with discussing the background to the old Humphrey Bogart/Katherine Hepburn movie, "The African Queen" and how the story of the battle and a book by C.S. Forester, follow parts of the 'real' occurences. This and ten pages on his own trip back to the area, seem to be there to fill out the book, more than to inform.
Lastly, there are two "glaring" mistakes in the book from my point of view. When discussing the travel of the Naval African Expedition through the then Union of South Africa, he has them travel through Mafeking and then Johannesburg (J-Burg) on their way to Lake Tanganyika. Look on any map and you will see that J-Burg is south of Mafeking. Speaking of maps, on the one in the book of southern Africa, he has J-Burg placed where Mafeking is (on the South Africa, Botswana border); J-Burg is in the center of South Africa.
This is the type of odd historical episode that can make for fun reading, and Foden does a fairly good job describing the bizarre bungling aspects of the campaign, as well as the weird eccentricities of Spicer-Simson and his crew. But Foden has merely constructed his narrative from broad chunks of information borrowed directly from earlier historians and biographers, especially one named Peter Shankland. And like everyone else who discusses this period in colonial Africa, Foden can't stop talking about Joseph Conrad. Alas, the story of the Lake Tanganyika campaign, while intriguing, just isn't momentous enough to be the subject of a substantial history, or even a medium-sized book like this.Read more ›
In Africa, the British sent forward the Royal Navy's oldest and most (incompetent/lazy/strange?) officer one Geoffrey Spicer-Simpson. He takes several boats overland from South Africa to Lake Tanganyika to engage German Gunboats there.
In short, it is the true tale of yet another British eccentric that goes off and does something valiant.
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Book arrived in excellent shape, book description was right on target. This is a fascinating story about a critical moment in an often over looked campaign of the First World War.Published 8 months ago by Linnville R. Taggart
A fun read if you like books about safari or the musical genre Chap-Hop.Published 11 months ago by Calvin C. Ballenger
A wholly enjoyable book and what is a curious side note of an almost forgotten battlefront.Published 18 months ago by S. H. Bottoms
very glad to have been introduced to this book! the historically accurate story of one of my favorite films.Published on July 1, 2014 by JACQUE
I have been living in this area for 54 years .... sailed on the "Liemba" ( Baron von Goetzen ) from Mpulungu Zambia to Kigoma Tanzania on 4 occasions . Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by Guido Stuer
Foden has a prose that is easily readable and the book was interesting to read and follow until Chapter 24. Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by Susan Phillips
This book is a very interesting account of an obscure skirmish in the middle of Africa during World War I. Read morePublished on October 3, 2011 by Alan Musielewicz
While I wouldn't rate this title as the best historical account of the First World War in Africa, I did find it to be an engaging, fast paced book. Read morePublished on August 10, 2011 by Gregory Hope
This book purports to be a history of a small part of the campaign in East African during WWI which provided the basis for Forrester's "The African Queen. Read morePublished on July 14, 2009 by Simon Rudolph