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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (64 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dominic Green Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2007 ISBN: 9781400174058
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A secular regime is toppled by Western intervention, but an Islamic backlash turns the liberators into occupiers. Caught between interventionists at home and fundamentalists abroad, a prime minister flounders as his ministers betray him, alliances fall apart, and a runaway general makes policy in the field. As the media accuse Western soldiers of barbarity and a region slides into chaos, the armies of God clash on an ancient river and an accidental empire arises. This is not the Middle East of the early twenty-first century. It is Africa in the late nineteenth century, when the river Nile became the setting for an extraordinary collision between Europeans, Arabs, and Africans. A human and religious drama, the conflict defined the modern relationship between the West and the Islamic world. The story is not only essential for understanding the modern clash of civilizations but is also a gripping, epic, tragic adventure. Three Empires on the Nile tells of the rise of the first modern Islamic state and its fateful encounter with the British Empire of Queen Victoria. Ever since the self-proclaimed Islamic messiah known as the Mahdi gathered an army in the Sudan and besieged and captured Khartoum under its British overlord Charles Gordon, the dream of a new caliphate has haunted modern Islamists. Today, Shiite insurgents call themselves the Mahdi Army, and Sudan remains one of the great fault lines of battle between Muslims and Christians, blacks and Arabs. The nineteenth-century origins of it all were even more dramatic and strange than today's headlines. In the hands of Dominic Green, the story of the Nile's three empires is an epic in the tradition of Kipling, the bard of empire, and Winston Churchill, who fought in the final destruction of the Mahdi's army. It is a sweeping and very modern tale of God and globalization, slavers and strategists, missionaries and messianists. A pro-Western regime collapses from its own corruption, a jihad threatens the global economy, a liberation movement degenerates into a tyrannical cult, military intervention goes wrong, and a temporary occupation lasts for decades. In the rise and fall of empires, we see a parable for our own times and a reminder that, while American military involvement in the Islamic world is the beginning of a new era for America, it is only the latest chapter in an older story for the people of the region. Download and start listening now!

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  • [Green] succeeds in not only untangling the complex politics of the Great Powers as they reacted to the crisis along the Nile but also explaining the equally opaque motivations of the shadowy Mahdi and his followers as they pursued their jihad. Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johanna | 11/1/2013

    " I learned a great deal about the 19th century history of Epypt and the Sudan that is helpful to understanding current politics in the region. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 10/7/2013

    " The content was quite interesting, but it was dry at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared Nuzzolillo | 7/29/2013

    " Loved it, no idea why people say that it's dry. Maybe it just hit a sweet spot for me: abolitionists, geopolitics, political islam and the history of jihad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 7/12/2013

    " Having read several fairly dry histories recently, I gave up on this one. There was just too much military history for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh Frost | 6/27/2013

    " A solid introduction to what happened in Khartoum in the 1860s and how events there made a martyr out of Charles "Chinese" Gordon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meredith | 9/23/2012

    " I tried, but couldn't get more than 100 pgs into it. I was hoping for a less dry and more well-rounded telling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leigh | 9/3/2012

    " Had a terrible time getting into this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 6/8/2012

    " I definitely learned while listening, but it was kinda (cough, cough) dry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JuliAnna | 3/12/2012

    " I was hoping more cultural history and less military history. In addition, it is told from the perspective of the British. The title is really far more interesting than the book turns out to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 7/23/2011

    " Egypt, the Sudan and Britain 1869-1899. Corrupt pashas, the Mahdi. Chinese Gordon et al. Didn't know too much about the place and time before. Know a little more now. Like most histories, not many people come out of this looking very good. Rated PG for some war violence. 3/5 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared | 3/3/2011

    " Loved it, no idea why people say that it's dry. Maybe it just hit a sweet spot for me: abolitionists, geopolitics, political islam and the history of jihad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 1/25/2011

    " A solid introduction to what happened in Khartoum in the 1860s and how events there made a martyr out of Charles "Chinese" Gordon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leigh | 2/25/2010

    " Had a terrible time getting into this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 8/12/2009

    " I definitely learned while listening, but it was kinda (cough, cough) dry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 6/30/2009

    " Having read several fairly dry histories recently, I gave up on this one. There was just too much military history for my taste. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meredith | 6/21/2009

    " I tried, but couldn't get more than 100 pgs into it. I was hoping for a less dry and more well-rounded telling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 9/30/2008

    " The content was quite interesting, but it was dry at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johanna | 9/26/2008

    " I learned a great deal about the 19th century history of Epypt and the Sudan that is helpful to understanding current politics in the region. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JuliAnna | 7/15/2008

    " I was hoping more cultural history and less military history. In addition, it is told from the perspective of the British. The title is really far more interesting than the book turns out to be. "

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