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Red Nile: A Biography of the World's Greatest River

Robert Twigger
Format
Book
Published
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2014.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
ISBN
9781250052339, 1250052335, 9781466853904 (e-book)
Summary
From religion, to language, to the stories rooted in our faith and history books, the Nile River has proven to be a constant fixture in mankind's tales. In this dazzling, idiosyncratic journey from ancient times to the Arab Spring, Red Nile navigates a meandering course through the history of the world's greatest river, exploring this unique breeding ground for creativity, power clashes, and constant change. Writer Robert Twigger connects the comprehensive history of the Nile with his personal experience of living in Egypt while researching the Nile's historical origins. Twigger covers the entirety of the river, charting the length of the Nile from its disputed origins through Africa on a whirlwind tour of the rulers, explorers, conquerors, generals, and novelists who painted the Nile "red. The result of this meticulously researched book is an all-inclusive history of this epic river and the incredible connections throughout history.--From publisher description.
Contents
  • Natural Nile : beasts and beginnings
  • Ancient Nile : famine, pestilence and a severed penis
  • River of the believers : madness and mystics
  • The Nile extended : raw steak and Napoleon
  • The Nile damned : elephants, exploration and Agatha Christie's trunk
  • Blood on the Nile : from assassination to revolution.
Description
viii, 466 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 451-453) and index.
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