My African Journey

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Acknowledging all Churchill's other accolades, we tend to overlook his claims as a writer of travel. A fine example is at hand in MY AFRICAN JOURNEY, the story of his 1908 excursion in Kenya and Uganda.

Churchill's description of the East Africa of nearly a century ago makes an interesting comparison with today. The feeling of innocence and charm in the tribes he meets is now lost; the animals he hunts, decimated; the countryside through which ...

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Overview

Acknowledging all Churchill's other accolades, we tend to overlook his claims as a writer of travel. A fine example is at hand in MY AFRICAN JOURNEY, the story of his 1908 excursion in Kenya and Uganda.

Churchill's description of the East Africa of nearly a century ago makes an interesting comparison with today. The feeling of innocence and charm in the tribes he meets is now lost; the animals he hunts, decimated; the countryside through which he travels, pastoral no more.

But Churchill could never be just a traveler, so he notes dozens of opportunities for improvement--many subsequently adopted. Fascinating to sojourn with the young Wilson, then in his early 30's, and feel the developing insight and judgment that one day would literally save the world.

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In 1907, Churchill, aged 33 and in his first ministerial post as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, undertook a tour of East Africa--a tour that combined big-game hunting with official engagements. This book, originally published in 1908, recounts his journey through lands only just beginning to feel the impact of the West. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781152674936
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on two occasions, from 1940-1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Celebrated as one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century, he was also a gifted orator, statesman and historian. The author of more than 40 books, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953 and in 1963 was made an honorary citizen of the United States.

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Table of Contents

1. The Uganda Railway
2. Around Mount Kenya
3. The Highlands of East Africa
4. The Great Lake
5. The Kingdom of Uganda
6. Kampala
7. On Safari
8. Murchison Falls
9. Hippo Camp
10. Down the White Nile
11. The Victoria and Albert Railway

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