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Alan McCrae Moorehead, AO, OBE (22 July 1910 – 29 September 1983) was a war correspondent and author of popular histories, most notably two books on the nineteenth-century exploration of the Nile, The White Nile (1960) and The Blue Nile (1962).

Alan McCrae Moorehead, AO, OBE (22 July 1910 – 29 September 1983) was a war correspondent and author of popular histories, most notably two books on the nineteenth-century exploration of the Nile, The White Nile (1960) and The Blue Nile (1962). Australian-born, he lived in England, and Italy, from 1937. Alan Moorehead was born in Melbourne, Australia. He was educated at Scotch College, with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.

This is the second book of two written by Mr. Moorehead about the Nile rivers. The first, The White Nile, covers about 1850 to 1890 or so, and The Blue Nile from 1650 to 1900. I have to mention that these are western-centric histories and now are quite dated (1962-65 or so) and there's probably quite a lot for the historian to quibble about. But for a general appreciation of the events surrounding western exploration and colonization, I can't think of a better read.

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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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Talvinl
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 events (Napoleon's invasion of Egypt for instance), this (and its sister book) were an eye opener. This is the second book of two written by Mr. Moorehead about the Nile rivers. The first, The White Nile, covers about 1850 to 1890 or so, and The Blue Nile from 1650 to 1900. I have to mention that these are western-centric histories and now are quite dated (1962-65 or so) and there's probably quite a lot for the historian to quibble about. But for a general appreciation of the events surrounding western exploration and colonization, I can't think of a better read. Recommended.
Syleazahad
This is exciting history and the book, as is normal with this author, is also exciting and engaging to read. Extremely well written (see his other Nile account The Blue Nile) is very deeply researched (notes, resource and bibliography are included) and Moorehead is always at his best in bringing alive his selected characters from history.

And what a cast ... from Herodotus as probably the first explorer, and the broadest outline of a map of the sources of this most famous river by Ptolemy, we explore the river springing from "fountains among the Mountains of the Moon" with Burton, Speke, Baker, Livingstone (and therefore, of course Stanley) Gordon, the Generals Wolseley, Kitchener and members of the Wingate family of Arabists, explorers and war leaders - and remarkably still alive at the book's publishing - Sir Winston Churchill. Any account of this period in African history would also have to include the slaver, Tippu Tib, the Islamic "new prophet' and leader El Mahdi, his brave successor the Khalifa leading his almost medieval troops under his black flag to paradise and glory against the maxims and artillery guns of a modern army. The prominent and successful African chiefs and kings, Khartoum, Omdurman, Cairo and the Sudan, the Congo, and Egypt complete the listing and are as thoroughly detailed in this work as the great river itself.

In support of his research Moorehead also visited many of the significant points around the Nile's source, describing their current - and often remarkably unchanged - views and their further role in history. In his epilogue he tracks the explorers, kings, chiefs and Generals of his fascinating story, truly until the completion and mapping of the source only at the close of the 1900's "... the greatest geographical secret after the discovery of America."

A recommended read for all history buffs or even those who just like a good story - and a great entry-point for further reading on African history and exploration and to this author's marvelously well researched and written books.
Dangerous
This is an excellent, well-written and very readable book about the White Nile, the longer branch that merges with the Blue Nile in Khartoum to firm the Nile River. It starts off with Burton and Speke, Stanley & Livingstone....but then spends too much time (IMO) discussing Gordon, the battles at Khartoum & Omdurman, etc. I felt like the book strayed from its original intent of discussing the exploration of the Nile, so I am k ocking off a star for that.
Rich Vulture
I read the companion piece, The White Nile, some time back. The Blue Nile is a story, basically, of the three military actions that conquered the region of this tributary. There are also a few customary eccentric explorers thrown in. I wish some pictures of the ancient ruins mentioned throughout and of the tribesmen, cities, geography and even military forces mentioned had been included.
Shem
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 and its surrounding territories. His description of the French intervention in Egypt is almost a documentary with vivid description and great illustrations and drawings. I also enjoyed immensely, his book Gallipoli for its his style and narrative.
Sorryyy
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 adventure and fantasy stories in the intervening years.

It's also very timely. In its account of the great jihad of the Mahdi in the Sudan, and the feckless response of the West, it is easy to find echoes of ISIS.
Altad
What a superb book! Everybody knows "Dr. Livingston I presume," but very few know the circumstances or the overall history of the area we now know as Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, and what a spine-chilling history it was! The author writes in beautiful and compelling prose as only the British can do.
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Author: Alan Moorehead
ISBN: 0060956402
Category: History
Subcategory: World
Language: English
Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint, 2004 edition (October 17, 2000)
Pages: 368 pages