Last Update 1/12/22

The Blue Nile by Alan Moorehead, Harper, 1962

Companion volume to The White Nile. Most of this volume deals with Napoleon's short-lived conquest of Egypt and the subsequent British period of dominance. The mamelukes were driven to near extinction when faced with modern military equipment and tactics. Napoleon actually probably had good intentions but the Egyptians never believed him and his reform efforts were doomed from the start. The alliance of England, Russia, and Turkey against him did not help, and the bedouins owed no allegiance to anyone and raided wherever they could. The English lasted longer but fared no better. Very enjoyable account of the various events involved. 1/12/22