London: Viking, 2005, Hardback in dust wrapper.
2nd impression. Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps; Plans;
From the cover: The British campaign in Sudan during the reign of Queen Victoria is an epic tale of adventure, as well as being one of the most important and exciting campaigns in Victorian history. In this book, Asher questions several accepted aspects of the story, shedding new light as he reconstructs this classic tale in vivid detail.
The British campaign in the Sudan in Queen Victorias reign is an epic tale of adventure more thrilling than any fiction. The story begins with the massacre of the 11,000 strong Hicks Pasha column in 1883. Sent to evacuate the country, British hero General Gordon was surrounded and murdered in Khartoum by an army of dervishes led by the Mahdi. The relief mission arrived 2 days too late. The result was a national scandal that shocked the Queen and led to the fall of the British government.
Twelve years later it was the brilliant Herbert Kitchener who struck back. Achieving the impossible he built a railway across the desert to transport his troops to the final devastating confrontation at Omdurman in 1898.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine otherwise a very well presented copy.
[XXX] 450 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.