The Lunatic Express: An Entertainment in Imperialism

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Macmillan Company, 1971 - Railroads - 559 pages
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"The Lunatic Express" is the saga of the turbulent international race for the mastery and development of an immense region of East Africa that all but visionaries thought worthless. It is the narrative of the building of the Mombasa-Nairobi-Lake Victoria Railway itself - the colossal six-year enterprise that was to cost 5,000,000 and countless lives, from derailments, collisions, disease, tribal raids and the assaults of wild animals. It is a diorama of an earlier Africa of slave and ivory empires, of sultans and tribal monarchs and the vast lands that they ruled. Above all, it is the story of the white intruders whose combination of avarice, honour and tenacious courage made them a breed apart.

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

For me, this is one of the better books on the colony of Kenya, and the history of its entry into the Empire. Colourful, but footnoted, and containing a lot of smile time during the reading. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - suihkulokki - LibraryThing

Entertainingly written nonfiction of what lead to building a railway to an uncharted land, and the early consequences of it, until the beginning of WW1. The book shows from how small events created ... Read full review


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