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The River War: An Account of the Reconquest of the Sudan

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"Churchill's first major historical work is still considered one of his most riveting." — Library Journal
"It's a great read." — The Washington Examiner
A story of heroism and glory that rivals any work of fiction, this instructive treatise on a Middle Eastern conflict was written by one of history's greatest figures. In The River War, Winston Churchill recounts a critical but often overlooked episode from the days when the British Empire was ...
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The River War: An Account of the Reconquest of the Sudan

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"Churchill's first major historical work is still considered one of his most riveting." — Library Journal
"It's a great read." — The Washington Examiner
A story of heroism and glory that rivals any work of fiction, this instructive treatise on a Middle Eastern conflict was written by one of history's greatest figures. In The River War, Winston Churchill recounts a critical but often overlooked episode from the days when the British Empire was at the height of its power: the operations directed by Lord Kitchener of Khartoum on the Upper Nile from 1896 to 1899, which led to England's reconquest of the Egyptian Sudan.
After the 1881 rebellion of the Mahdi had plunged the Sudan into chaos, British attempts to withdraw from the region climaxed in General Gordon's ill-fated attempt to rescue officials, soldiers, and Egyptian subjects from Khartoum. A decade later, the British government began its efforts in the pacification and restoration of the Sudan--a mission that succeeded within two years, at the final battle of Omdurman.
Churchill was present at this decisive battle, and he wrote this book while he was still a young cavalry officer. In addition to the future statesman's views of the conflicts and the politics behind them, it shows how the River War altered the fates of England, Egypt, and the Arabian people of northeast Africa. Illustrated by 22 maps and plans, this treatise offers valuable insights into a historic clash of Western and Arabic cultures.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780486447858
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 2/24/2006
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,216,580
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

The Rebellion of the Mahdi
The Fate of the Envoy
The Dervish Empire
The Years of Preparation
The Beginning of the War
Firket
The Recovery of the Dongola Province
The Desert Railway
Abu Hamed
Berber
Reconnaissance
The Battle of the Atbara
The Grand Advance
The Operations of the First of September
The Battle of Omdurman
The Fall of the City
ÒThe Fashoda IncidentÓ
On the Blue Nile
The End of the Khalifa
Appendices A and B
Index
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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Well related account by an literary giant.

    Sir Winston has a way of relating history that brings it to life. The River War is just such an account.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    This is a very interesting history book. Highly recommended.

    This is a very interesting history book. Highly recommended.

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