EPUB ☆ MOBI The White Nile ò 9780060956394

EPUB ð The White Nile ó Alan Moorehead

Relive all the thrills and adventure of Alan Moorehead's classic bestseller The White Nile the daring exploration of the Nile River in the second half of the nineteenth century which I am here like iron Major General Charles Chinese GordonJust outstanding though I think the White Nile part of the story fades uickly after the first 75 pages or so After that the figure of General Charles Chinese Gordon and the siege of Khartoum dominates the book And that's rather amazing when you consider Moorhead's book is crammed with a real League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and at least one remarkable woman Lady Florence Baker What a crew Richard Burton who comes across as highly competitive and a bit sinister; John Speke who would find the source of the Nile but who would also die tragically arguably a suicide on the eve of a debate with his foe Burton; the saintly Livingstone; the soldier journalist and rescuer Stanley; the determined and charismatic Mahdi and of course Gordon a Christian mystic a soldier a hero and to some a madman Moorehead wraps all of this in some wonderfully descriptive prose that sounds at times like scenes from a Tarzan movie Pygmies cannibals poison darts jungle battles uicksand malaria a murderous native chief who walks on his toes so he can imitate a lion and slaves Lots of slaves which is really what this book is about The slave trade was uite healthy in central Africa and was wrapped up in the lifestyle of the Moslem populace Breaking the practice of slavery involved a complex mix of Christian missionaries war famine and the deliberate actions of a number of the explorers listed above Their success was spotty but still significant given how entrenched the practice was

EPUB The White Nile

The White NileWas at that time the most mysterious and impenetrable region on earth Capturing in breathtaking prose the larger than life personalities of such notable figures as Stanley Livingsto Superbly done My favorite kind of history — that which I knew nothing of before5 stars

Alan Moorehead ó The White Nile EPUB

EPUB ☆ MOBI The White Nile ò 9780060956394 Ô Relive all the thrills and adventure of Alan Moorehead's classic bestseller The White Nile the daring exploration of the Nile River in the second half of the nineteenth century which was at that time the most mysterious and impenetrable region on earth Capturing in breathtaking prNe Burton and many others The White Nile remains a seminal work in tales of discovery and escapade filled with incredible historical detail and compelling stories of heroism and dram Fascinating adventurous gripping narrative and so very racist Moorhead penned this over 50 years ago and it shows It's hard to read some passages For exampleNormally in central Africa it was the fate of such people to remain in a state of arrested development In a mysterious way the light of human ambition was extinguished the villas stayed chained to the Stone Age and from century to century life revolved in an endless ant like cycle of crude customs and traditions There was no curiosity to explore no desire for change or improvement Every new generation have way to the same passive fatalistic acceptance of things as they were and reason was suffocated by habit and superstitionIt jumped around between explorers a fair amount such that I'm now jumbling up the details But it was good writing and a page turner The blatant racism is a bit jarring though Also the first half the exploration is far stronger and interesting than the second part' the exploitation which really gets into the colonialization process Overall I liked it but have found other books on Victorian era exploration to be consistent