Sunday, April 24, 2011

The River War

For those not averse to e-book formats, one of the classic works on the Omdurman Campaign in the Sudan is available for free through the Gutenberg Project at

The River War was an early foray into literature by Winston Churchill, and describes his adventures during Kitchener's successful campaign of reconquest. His description of the railway laid to carry supplies around a wide loop of the Nile is one of the most evocative passages I've read. Recommended!


Bluebear Jeff said...


One of the courses I took in college assigned both "The River War" and "Washing of the Spears" to read.

Wasn't I lucky?

-- Jeff

A J said...

Very lucky, Jeff! All we got was the lord of the flies, a book so f&%@#*g horrible I set out to forget the contents ASAP! Thankfully I succeeded. =)


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