In the Preface to the first edition of this book (published in 1899), Winston Churchill stated 'The object of this book is to relate in exact military detail the operations directed by Lord Kitchener of Khartoum on the Upper Nile from 1896 to November 1899, which I have called 'The River War', and which resulted in the reconquest of the Egyptian Soudan. ... I have prefixed a general survey of the geography, aspect, and history of the country, and have tried to show its connection with Egypt and Great Britain'. In a small volume there is a mass of fascinating information, with relevant maps and details of military statistics to help the reader gain a clear picture of the
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (1874 -1965) was a British politician, army officer, and writer, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when he led Britain to victory in the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955. He joined the British Army in 1895, and saw action in British India, the Anglo-Sudan War, and the Second Boer War, gaining fame as a war correspondent and writing books about these campaigns. Widely considered one of the 20th century's most significant figures, Churchill remains popular in Britain and throughout the West, where he is seen as a victorious wartime leader who played an important role in defending Europe's liberal democracy from the spread of fascism. Praised as a social reformer and accomplished writer, among his many awards was the Nobel Prize in Literature. Conversely, his imperialist views and comments on race, as well as his sanctioning of human rights abuses in the suppression of anti-imperialist movements seeking independence from the British Empire, have generated considerable controversy.
Our book is in good general condition, its blue cloth covers only lightly age-worn (a few small stains, some rubbing of edges, angles and corners, and a little shelf wear to top & tail of spine), and the gilt title etc on the spine still bright. Page tops also gilt, but rather faded and dulled. Inside, the binding is fairly firm with no loose pages; weak points near front and back spine angles, with webbing visible at p.450-51; pages clean and bright; photographic frontispiece present; illustrated endpapers, feps very browned; previous owner's name on front fep, and pencilled old price at top of the blank side of same. Very minimal spots of foxing, mainly on fore-edge.