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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (181 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Morrison Narrator: Sean Runnett Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Investigative journalist Dan Morrison hired a boat builder, summoned a childhood buddy, and set out paddling from Jinja, Uganda, down the White Nile toward Cairo. Four thousand miles, two companions, and several other means of local conveyance later, he emerged on the Mediterranean.

The story Morrison tells of this spectacular—and spectacularly harrowing—journey is a mash-up of narrative travel writing, investigative reportage, and current history, resulting in a thoughtful, funny, and frightful trip across a region whose people are trying to claw their way from war and poverty to something better.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] portrait of a fractured country just one spark away from a renewal of hostilities.”

    New York Times

  • “This is hard-core African travel.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A masterful narrative of investigative reportage, travel writing, and contemporary history.”

    Daily Beast

  • “With sympathetic acuity about the personalities, tribal societies, and mechanical ingenuity of those he encounters, Morrison crafts impressions that will teach travelogue readers much about contemporary Sudan. There’s enough amusement to balance the seriousness of politics, such that when visa problems interrupt Morrison’s journey, his audience will stay to see if he reaches the sea.”


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Harley Gee | 1/24/2014

    " I grew tired of this book half way thru and returned it to the library. It was ok as it was well written but the author's smug worldliness got boring and I decided to move on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen | 12/22/2013

    " A very thought-provoking story of Morrison's journey from Lake Victoria to Rosetta, on the Mediterranean Sea, passing through Uganda, Sudan, and Egypt. The main thing I learned is that I knew essentially nothing of these nations' history, culture, or geography. Also, sadly, though the name "Nile" evokes a sense of the romance of far-off places, crocodiles, Pharoahs, and Egyptian treasures, today's Nile is far more likely to mean tawdry river ports, poverty, disease-bearing insects, pollution, garbage, and endless, heartbreaking violence. Eye-opening and very much a learning experience for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by softdrink | 12/12/2013

    " Don't pay much attention to the subtitle, or even the book description. This is about Morrison's travels through Uganda, Sudan and Egypt...sometimes by boat, but more often in a land vehicle. It's a fascinating glimpse into what it's like to travel through a region that has been devastated by environental issues, war, and political intrigue. It is not a history of the region, nor is it a traditional travelogue. Go into it with an open mind and you might just find yourself amazed (by Morrison's nerve), intrigued (by the region) and entertained (by the writing and the adventures). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Diane Webber-thrush | 12/2/2013

    " I just started this book and I really can't put it down. I didn't want to stop reading when I got to work after my Metro commute. It's such a vivid lens Morrison is bringing to this part of the world that I know nothing about -- but the most unexpected part for me is the humor. I gather the ride gets rougher later, but I'm really all in for that ride after just a few pages. "

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About the Author
Author Dan Morrison

Dan Morrison has written for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, San Francisco Chronicle, US News & World Report, and the Christian Science Monitor, as well as for NPR, the Fox News Channel, and National Geographic News.