Explorers of the Nile

Author: Tim Jeal

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300178271

Category: History

Page: 529

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A “highly enjoyable” account of six men, and one woman, who journeyed into uncharted and treacherous African terrain to find the source of the White Nile (The Washington Post). Nothing obsessed explorers of the mid-nineteenth century more than the quest to discover the source of the White Nile. It was the planet’s most elusive secret, the prize coveted above all others. Between 1856 and 1876, six larger-than-life men and one extraordinary woman accepted the challenge. Showing extreme courage and resilience, Richard Burton, John Hanning Speke, James Augustus Grant, Samuel Baker, Florence von Sass, David Livingstone, and Henry Morton Stanley risked their lives and reputations in the fierce competition. National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author Tim Jeal deploys fascinating new research to provide a vivid tableau of the unmapped “Dark Continent,” its jungle deprivations, and the courage—as well as malicious tactics—of the explorers. On multiple forays launched into east and central Africa, the travelers passed through almost impenetrable terrain and suffered the ravages of flesh-eating ulcers, paralysis, malaria, deep spear wounds, and even death. They discovered Lakes Tanganyika and Victoria and became the first white people to encounter the kingdoms of Buganda and Bunyoro. Jeal weaves the story with authentic new detail—and examines the tragic unintended legacy of the Nile search that still casts a long shadow over the people of Uganda and Sudan. “A fabulous story…old-fashioned epic adventure.”—The Sunday Times "Superb narrative…a must-read for anyone hoping to understand the internal dynamics of modern state-building in central Africa.”—Booklist

Explorers of the Nile

Author: Tim Jeal

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571277772

Category: Travel

Page: 528

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Between 1856 and 1876, five explorers, all British, took on the seemingly impossible task of discovering the source of the White Nile. Showing exceptional courage and extraordinary resilience, Richard Burton, John Hanning Speke, Samuel Baker, David Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley risked their lives and their reputations in the name of this quest. They journeyed through East and Central Africa into unmapped territory, discovered the great lakesTanganyika and Victoria, navigated the upper Nile and the Congo, and suffered the ravages of flesh-eating ulcers, malaria and deep spear wounds. Using new research, Tim Jeal tells the story of these great expeditions, while also examining the tragic consequences which the Nile search has had on Uganda and Sudan to this day. Explorers of the Nile is a gripping adventure story with an arresting analysis of Britain's imperial past and the Scramble for Africa.

The Myth of Ancient Egypt

Author: Charlotte Booth

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 144561216X

Category: History

Page: 239

View: 4998


Egypt is extremely popular in the West, with almost everyone having some preconceptions about the country and its history, but questions about the building of the pyramids, the curse of Tutankhamun and Cleopatra's baths of ass's milk are only the tip of the iceberg. The myth of Egypt is often one of mysticism and the occult, and the ancient texts are reputed to hold all manner of secrets, magical, technological and mystical, while in the Old Testament it is seen as a land of great magicians.

Lucan's Egyptian Civil War

Author: Jonathan Tracy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107072077

Category: History

Page: 305

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Explores how a cultural clash between traditional Pharaonic and latter-day Ptolemaic Egypt is used to mirror the Roman civil war.

Journey to the Source of the Nile

Author: Christopher Ondaatje

Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Africa

Page: 384

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Story of the author's expeditiion to the source of the Nile, as he retraces the steps of famous explorers, including Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke.

Insight Guides The Nile

Author: Insight Guides

Publisher: Apa Publications (UK) Limited

ISBN: 1780055900

Category: Travel

Page: 635

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This brand new edition of the Insight Guide to the Nile has been fully revised and updated. This guide includes a section detailing the history of the area with detailed information on Pyramidology, Ancient Gods, the rise of Christianity, the spread of Islam and much more. Features cover aspects of the life and culture, ranging from Taming the Nile, the history of Nile cruising, the people of the Nile and Egyptian cuisine, alongside others. The guide then details a region by region visitor's guide to the sights, ranging from Nubia and Lake Nasser, Aswan to Luxor and Cairo, along with a comprehensive travel tips section packed with essential information on transport, accommodation, eating out, activities and language tips. This new edition contains over 250 brand-new photographs, which, along with revised text, brings this edition up-to-date, along with several maps.