Khartoum: The Ultimate Imperial Adventure

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Penguin UK, Nov 2, 2006 - History - 512 pages
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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 an army of dervishes led by the Mahdi. The relief mission arrived 2 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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User Review  - johnthefireman - LibraryThing

A very readable history of the Mahdist period of Sudan, albeit written from the British point of view. Asher knows Sudan and the Sudanese, as well as deserts, camels and the military, and is able to ... Read full review

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User Review  - iamthenewno2 - LibraryThing

A well written, informative and in many places better than fiction. I have a passion for historical books but often find that many can read like school text books, not in this case though. The ... Read full review

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Michael Asher has served in the Parachute Regiment and the SAS. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and has won the Ness Award of the Royal Geographical Society and the Mungo Park Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for Exploration. All four of his Death or Glory novels are available from Penguin in paperback and ebook.

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