The Blue Nile

The Blue Nile

by Alan Moorehead

Paperback(First Perennial Edition)

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060956400
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/17/2000
Series: Harper Perennial
Edition description: First Perennial Edition
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 275,739
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: The Reconnaissance
The Blue Nile
Don Quixote at the Source
The Way Back
PART TWO: The French in Egypt
Bonaparte Sets Out
The Long Egyptian Night
The March to Cairo
The Occupation
The Campaign on the River
PART THREE: The Turks in the Sudan
The Life of High Crime
Sheikh Ibrahim ibn Abdullah
Shendy Market
Salaam Aleikoum
A Thought Threading a Dream
PART FOUR: The British in Ethiopia
The Power of Theodore
No. 1 Army Pigeon
Appointment at Magdala
An Easter Death
Epilogue 309(18)
Sources 327(6)
Acknowledgements 333(2)
Index 335

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Blue Nile 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
bookwoman247 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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, but overall, it was very interesting and informative. I'm glad I read it. I learned of edplorers I'd not heard of before, and even though I'd known that Napoleon had occupied Egypt for a while, I'd never known the details, and found them fascinating.
santhony on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of history on ancient Egypt and was passingly familiar with Napoleon's conquest of Egypt, however, I had absolutely no background on other aspects of 19th century Egypt and neighboring Sudan and Ethiopia. This book was extremely enlightening with respect to such subjects as Mamaluke rule of Egypt prior to Napoleon's arrival and the subsequent reign of Muhammad Ali. However, by far the most interesting and educational part of the book was the last half which dealt primarily with the reign of Theodore, Emperor of Ethiopia and the British invasion to secure the release of European hostages held by Theodore. Prior to reading this book, I'd never heard of Theodore nor the British invasion of Ethiopia. Blue Nile is a companion piece to White Nile, the Blue Nile being the Nile tributary which feeds into the river at Khartoum, Sudan having flowed from its source in the Ethiopian highlands. Moorehead does a very good job in describing the various expeditions which sought the source of the Blue Nile as well as the political and social anarchy endemic to the region.