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River of the gods : Sir Richard Burton, John Speke, Sidi Mubarak Bombay and the epic search for the source of the Nile  Cover Image Book Book

River of the gods : Sir Richard Burton, John Speke, Sidi Mubarak Bombay and the epic search for the source of the Nile / Candice Millard.

Millard, Candice, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9780385543101
  • ISBN: 0385543107
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2022.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Some Gallant Heart -- A Blaze of Light -- Shadows -- Bond for our Blood -- The Abban -- The Enemy is Upon Us -- What Might Have Been, What Would Have Been -- Into the Mouth of Hell -- What a Curse is a Heart -- Horror Vacui -- Bombay -- Death Was Written -- An Old Enemy -- Tanganyika -- To the End of the World -- Fury -- The Knives are Sheathed -- 'Twas me he shot -- An Exile's Dream -- Hard as a Brick -- The Malignant Tongues of Friends -- The Prince -- Damn Their Souls -- Neston Park -- The Weary Heart Grows Cold.
Summary, etc.:
"From the New York Times bestselling author of RIVER OF DOUBT and DESTINY OF THE REPUBLIC, the stirring story of one of the great feats of exploration of all time, and its complicated legacy The Nile River is the longest in the world. Its fertile floodplain allowed for rise to the great civilization of ancient Egypt, but for millennia the location of its headwaters was shrouded in mystery. Pharaonic and Roman attempts to find it were stymied by a giant labyrinthine swamp, and subsequent expeditions got no further. In the 19th century, the discovery and translation of the Rosetta Stone set off a frenzy of interest in ancient Egypt. At the same time, European powers sent off waves of explorations intended to map the unknown corners of the globe - and extend their colonial empires. Two British men - Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke - were sent by the Royal Geographical Society to claim the prize for England. Burton was already famous for being the first non-Muslim to travel to Mecca, disguised as an Arab chieftain. He spoke twenty-nine languages, was a decorated soldier, and literally wrote the book on sword-fighting techniques for the British Army. He was also mercurial, subtle, and an iconoclastic atheist. Speke was a young aristocrat and Army officer determined to make his mark, passionate about hunting, Burton's opposite in temperament and beliefs. From the start the two men clashed, Speke chafing under Burton's command and Burton disapproving of Speke's ignorance of the people whose lands through which they traveled. They would endure tremendous hardships, illness, and constant setbacks. Two years in, deep in the African interior, Burton became too sick to press on, but Speke did, and claimed he found the source in a great lake that he christened Lake Victoria. When they returned to England, Speke rushed to take credit, disparaging Burton. Burton disputed his claim, and Speke launched another expedition to Africa to prove it. The two became venomous enemies, with the public siding with the more charismatic Burton, to Speke's great envy. The day before they were to publicly debate, Speke shot himself. Yet there was a third man on both expeditions, his name obscured by imperial annals, whose exploits were even more extraordinary. This was Sidi Mubarak Bombay, who was enslaved and shipped from his home village in East Africa to India. When the man who purchased him died, he made his way into the local Sultan's army, and eventually traveled back to Africa, where he used his resourcefulness, linguistic prowess and raw courage to forge a living as a guide. Without his talents, it is likely that neither Englishman would have come close to the headwaters of the Nile, or perhaps even survived. In RIVER OF THE GODS Candice Millard has written another peerless story of courage and adventure, set against the backdrop of the race to exploit Africa by the colonial powers"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Burton, Richard Francis, Sir, 1821-1890 > Travel > Nile River.
Speke, John Hanning, 1827-1864 > Travel > Nile River.
Bombay, Sidi Mubarak > Travel > Nile River.
Explorers > Nile River > History > 19th century.
Nile River > Discovery and exploration.
Nile River Valley > Discovery and exploration.

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  • 8 of 32 copies available at Bibliomation.


  • 15 current holds with 32 total copies.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Beekley Community Library - New Hartford NEW 916.204 MILLARD C (Text) 32544072714974 Adult New Nonfiction Checked out 07/01/2022
Bethel Public Library NEW 916.2 MIL (Text) 34030150559588 Adult New Nonfiction Checked out 07/07/2022
Brookfield Library 916.2043/MILLARD (Text) 34029150055258 Adult New Nonfiction Checked out 07/11/2022
Burroughs-Saden Main - Bridgeport 916.2043 MILLARD (Text) 34000151338886 Adult New Nonfiction On order -
C.H. Booth Library - Newtown 916.2043 MIL (Text) 34014150700319 Adult New Nonfiction Checked out 07/05/2022
Canterbury Public Library 916.2 MILLARD (Text) 33190000463018 Adult New Checked out 07/11/2022
David M. Hunt Library - Falls Village 916.2 Mil (Text) 33180141828625 Adult New Nonfiction Checked out 06/28/2022
Deep River Public Library 916.204 Mill (Text) 36039001230370 Adult New Nonfiction Checked out 07/11/2022
Douglas Library - North Canaan 916.2 MIL (Text) 33490150671398 Adult New Nonfiction Available -
East Side Branch - Bridgeport 916.2043 MILLARD (Text) 34000151335585 Adult New Nonfiction Available -
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