Khartoum : the Ultimate Imperial Adventure

By: Asher, Michael

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London, United Kingdom: Penguin / Viking, 2005. 450 pages index notes biblio b/w photos Khartoum: The Ultimate Imperial Adventure The British campaigns in the Sudan in the closing years of Queen Victoria's reign are an epic tale of adventure more thrilling than any fiction. Evoking images of broken squares, jammed Gatling guns, ferocious 'Fuzzy Wuzzies', British gunboats on the Nile, the Camel Corps, and the charge of the 21st Lancers at Omdurman, the story also brings together a cast of larger-than-life characters - Gordon, Wolseley, Kitchener, Gladstone, Churchill, the Mahdi, the Khalifa 'Abdallahi, and many others. The story begins with the massacre of the eleven thousand strong Hicks Pasha column at Shaykan in 1883 - an event that sent shock waves through the Western world. Despatched to evacuate the country, British national hero Charles 'Chinese' Gordon was surrounded in Khartoum by a vast army of dervishes commanded by the Mahdi, 'the Expected Guide. Gordon held out for months, daily expecting the appearance of Wolseley's relief mission, but was eventually killed and the city sacked in an orgy of murder, rape, and pillage.. First Edition. Buckram. New/New.

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