The Blue Nile

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Harper Collins, Oct 17, 2000 - Travel - 368 pages
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In the first half of the nineteenth century, only a small handful of Westerners had ventured into the regions watered by the Nile River on its long journey from Lake Tana in Abyssinia to the Mediterranean-lands that had been forgotten since Roman times, or had never been known at all. In The Blue Nile, Alan Moorehead continues the classic, thrilling narration of adventure he began in The White Nile, depicting this exotic place through the lives of four explorers so daring they can be considered among the world's original adventurers -- each acting and reacting in separate expeditions against a bewildering background of slavery and massacre, political upheaval and all-out war.

 

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

The exploration of the Blue Nile, the one that runs down from Ethiopia, is the topic of this well-written account of European exploration. from James Bruce to Kitchener at Khartoumn the story is well told. Read twice. Read full review

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User Review  - bookwoman247 - LibraryThing

This book is a history of the Western exploration of Northeast Africa and Egypt. I have not read the companion volume, The White Nile. Having been written in 1962, some dated attitudes were apparent ... Read full review

Contents

The Blue Nile
3
Don Quixote at the Source
17
The Way Back
33
The French in Egypt
51
Bonaparte Sets Out
53
The Long Egyptian Night
71
The March to Cairo
88
The Occupation
106
Sheikh Ibrahim ibn Abdullah
158
Shendy Market
173
Salaam Aleikoum
187
A Thought Threading a Dream
209
The Power of Theodore
229
No 1 Army Pigeon
251
Appointment at Magdala
271
An Easter Death
289

The Campaign on the River
125
The Turks in the Sudan
143
The Life of High Crime
145
Epilogue
309
Sources
327
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Alan Moorehead (1910-1983) was a foreign correspondent for the London Daily Express, where he won an international reputation for his coverage of World War II campaigns, and also served as the chief public relations officer in the Ministry of Defense. He is also the author of many other notable books, including Gallipoli and Darwin and the Beagle.

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