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Alan Moorehead THE BLUE NILE First Edition

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First edition, first print hardback of THE BLUE NILE, by Alan Moorehead and published by Hamish Hamilton Ltd., London, in 1962.

The book is in very good condition (Clean maroon cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine), with light wear to the illustrated dust jacket which is not price clipped (minor creasing and some rubbing to edges and corners, slight fading to spine and to green top page ends and tanning inside the jacket). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no inscriptions.

Alan Moorehead (1910-1983) was a foreign correspondent for the London Daily Express, where he won an international reputation for his coverage of World War II campaigns, and also served as the chief public relations officer in the Ministry of Defense.

After the war, he turned to writing books, and contributing to the New Yorker. His many acclaimed works of history and military history include two books on the nineteenth-century exploration of the Nile, The White Nile(1960) and The Blue Nile (1962), and African Trilogy, Gallipoli (for which he won the Duff Cooper Prize), Eclipse, Darwin and the Beagle and finally, A Late Education - an autobiography, and his friendship with Alexander Clifford during the Spanish Civil War and World War II. He was awarded the OBE in 1946, the CBE in 1968. He died in 1983.

"In The White Nile, one of the most acclaimed and widely read books of recent years, Alan Moorehead described the discovery of the source of the river and the turmoil of events that followed in the second half of the last century. Here he steps back fifty years and deals with the entirely different picture on the Blue Nile and the main stream that descends through Ethiopia, the Sudan and Egypt on its long journey to the Mediterranean.

The French invasion of Egypt in 1798, the Turkish conquest of the Sudan in 1821 and the little-known British expedition to Ethiopia in 1868 - these followed in a logical and devastating progression as part of the expansion of the West into territories which had been forgotten since Roman times or never known at all.

Here is a panorama of glittering colour, pounding excitement and continual fascination and it is dominated by four diverse and enthralling characters who act and react against a background of slavery and massacre, political upheaval and the bloodshed of war; a Scottish adventurer, of great height and massive prejudice, an obscure corporal who became Emperor, a Turkish government official who made his influence felt and feared throughout North Africa, and a black despot prone to the most terrifyingly rapid transitions from overpowering benevolence to murder and destruction on the grandest scale.

James Bruce, Napoleon, Muhammad Ali, the Emperor Theodore of Ethiopia, this is the extraordinary quartet. We see Bruce, the self-styled discoverer of the source of the Blue Nile, carrying out his duties as British consul among the Barbary pirates of Algiers, participating in the feuds of the almost mediaeval heirarchy of Ethiopia, being laughed at by Fanny Burney and derided by Dr. Johnson to whom the truth appeared too fantastic; Napoleon, crushing the Mamelukes at the battle of the Pyramids, and indulging in a brief but passionate love-affair with La Bellilote; Muhammad Ali, crafty and ruthless, massacring the Mamelukes and sending his son, Ismail, on an interminable search for slaves and gold; and, most fantastic of all, Theodore, vicious and unprincipled, despite his boasted adherence to Christianity, exchanging high-flown letters with Queen Victoria and causing one of the most unexpected incidents in military history, when Napier and a large Anglo-Indian army were dispatched to demonstrate that British subjects were not to be ill-treated with impunity

This is a book of endless interest on a riveting and neglected theme."

308 pages. Illustrated with large fold-out maps and black & white plates in the text

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