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The Black Nile: One Man's Amazing Journey Through Peace and War on the World's Longest River

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A spectacular modern-day adventure along the Nile River from Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean Sea

With news of tenuous peace in Sudan, foreign correspondent Dan Morrison bought a plank-board boat, summoned a childhood friend who'd never been off American soil and set out from Uganda, paddling the White Nile on a quest to reach Cairo-a trip that tyranny and war had made impossible for decades.

Morrison's chronicle is a mashup of travel narrative and reportage, packed with flights into the frightful and the absurd. Through river mud that engulfs him and burning marshlands that darken the sky, he tracks the snarl of commonalities and conflicts that bleed across the Nile valley, bringing to life the waters that connect the hardscrabble fishing villages of Lake Victoria to the floating Cairo nightclubs where headscarved mothers are entertained by gyrating male dancers. In between are places and lives invisible to cable news and opinion blogs: a hidden oil war that has erased entire towns, secret dams that will flood still more and contested borderlands where acts of compassion and ingenuity defy appalling hardship and waste of life. As Morrison dodges every imaginable hazard, from militia gunfire to squalls of sand, his mishaps unfold in strange harmony with the breathtaking range of individuals he meets along the way. Relaying the voices of Sudanese freedom fighters and escaped Ugandan sex slaves, desert tribesmen and Egyptian tomb raiders, The Black Nile culminates in a visceral understanding of one of the world's most elusive hotspots, where millions strive to claw their way from war and poverty to something better-if only they could agree what that something is, whom to share it with, and how to get there.

With the propulsive force of a thriller, The Black Nile is rife with humor, humanity and fervid insight-an unparalleled portrait of a complex territory in profound transition.

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Inspired by Alan Moorehead's classic river chronicles, Morrison sets out from Uganda, paddling the White Nile on a quest across Sudan toward Cairo, where control of the river outranks the Iranian nuclear program as a national security issue. 16-page b&w insert.

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"A supremely entertaining work, and also an important one." -David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z

Upon hearing the news of tenuous peace in Sudan, foreign correspondent Dan Morrison bought a plank-board boat, summoned a friend who'd never left America, and set out from Uganda, paddling the Nile on a quest to reach Cairo-a trip that tyranny and war had made impossible for decades. With the propulsive force of a thriller, Morrison's chronicle is a mash-up of travel narrative and reportage, packed with flights into the frightful and absurd. From the hardscrabble fishing villages on Lake Victoria to the floating nightclubs of Cairo, The Black Nile tracks the snarl of commonalities and conflicts that bleed across the Nile valley, bringing to life a complex region in profound transition.

About the Author

Dan Morrison's reporting has taken him from barbecues with the Latin Kings street gang to ride-alongs with the police assassins of Bombay. His dispatches from Africa, South Asia and the Middle East have appeared in Slate, Newsday, National Geographic News, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor and U.S. News & World Report. He lives with his wife and daughter in New York.

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Armchair Adventure Guy, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Armchair Adventure Guy)
On so many levels, this book is outstanding. It's part travel log, part history, part geography lesson, part social injustice primer, but most of all, it's a grand adventure that's thrilling, edge-of-your-seat stuff. The exotic, dangerous atmosphere is palpable. When you read THE BLACK NILE, you submerge yourself in a different world. This book makes me want to stop being an armchair adventurer and live a little more dangerously.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670021987
Subtitle:
One Man's Amazing Journey Through Peace and War on the World's Longest River
Author:
Morrison, Dan
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Government - Comparative
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Special Interest - Adventure
Subject:
Middle East - Egypt
Subject:
Nile River Description and travel.
Subject:
Nile River Region Description and travel.
Subject:
Foreign Legal Systems
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20110726
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-page b/w photo insert on text stock;
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.50x6.25x1.50 in. 1.18 lbs.
Age Level:
18-17

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Product details 352 pages Viking Books - English 9780670021987 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Inspired by Alan Moorehead's classic river chronicles, Morrison sets out from Uganda, paddling the White Nile on a quest across Sudan toward Cairo, where control of the river outranks the Iranian nuclear program as a national security issue. 16-page b&w insert.
"Synopsis" by ,
"A supremely entertaining work, and also an important one." -David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z

Upon hearing the news of tenuous peace in Sudan, foreign correspondent Dan Morrison bought a plank-board boat, summoned a friend who'd never left America, and set out from Uganda, paddling the Nile on a quest to reach Cairo-a trip that tyranny and war had made impossible for decades. With the propulsive force of a thriller, Morrison's chronicle is a mash-up of travel narrative and reportage, packed with flights into the frightful and absurd. From the hardscrabble fishing villages on Lake Victoria to the floating nightclubs of Cairo, The Black Nile tracks the snarl of commonalities and conflicts that bleed across the Nile valley, bringing to life a complex region in profound transition.

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