The British campaign in the Sudan in Queen Victoria's reign is an epic tale of adventure more thrilling than any fiction. The story begins with the massacre of the 11,000 strong Hicks Pasha column in 1883. Sent to evacuate the country, British hero General Gordon was surrounded and murdered in Khartoum by a vast army of dervishes commanded by the Mahdi. The relief mission arrived two days too late. The result was a national scandal that shocked the Queen and led to the fall of the British government. Twelve years later it was the brilliant Herbert Kitchener who struck back. Achieving the impossible he built a railway across the desert to transport his troops to the final devastating confrontation at Omdurman in 1898. Desert explorer and author Michael Asher has reconstructed this classic tale in vivid detail. Having covered every inch of the ground and examined all eyewitness reports, he brings to bear new evidence questioning several accepted aspects of the story. The result is an account that sheds new light on the most riveting tale of honour, courage, revenge and savagery of late Victorian times.
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Michael Asher is one of Britain's most prominent desert explorers. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has won the Ness Award of the RGS and the Mungo Park Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. He is the author of eight books including the acclaimed Thesiger, Lawrence and The Real Story of Bravo Two Zero. He now lives in Nairobi in Kenya.Review:
"A staggering achievement. Asher has delivered a scintillating tale of a period of history that deserves to be remembered." —Guardian
"It is hard to see how this bloody conflict could be more conclusively and convincingly told." —Sunday Times
"This is the most complete picture of the Sudanese campaigns that has yet been published . . . a vigorous and engrossing narrative." —Telegraph
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Descrizione libro Viking, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110670870307
Descrizione libro Penguin Books, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0670870307
Descrizione libro Viking. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0670870307 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0324038