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

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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 Dan Morrison

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Dan Morrison has reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Egypt, Sudan, Uganda, and Libya. His stories have appeared in Newsday, National Geographic News, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and US News & World Report. He lives with his wife and daughter in New York.
Published May 26, 2010 by Penguin Books. 322 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Action & Adventure, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy, Sports & Outdoors, History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Months later, finding himself again marooned in rainy Malakal, “without luck and without connection,” he cobbled together enough transports to reach Kosti and then Khartoum, where the White Nile merges magnificently with the Blue Nile.

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A revelatory, sometimes harrowing journey from Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean

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The author takes a memorable, 4,000-mile romp through the intricate complexities of the Nile region of Africa.

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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 so...

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