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River of the Gods

Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile

by Candice Millard

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River of the Gods by Candice Millard
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    May 2022, 368 pages

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A fascinating historical account of two British explorers who sought the source of the Nile River, the African guides that helped them, and their bitter post-expedition feud.

The Nile River has provided vital resources for millennia, serving as a source of water, food and transportation for numerous peoples. The river's richness allowed for the development and flourishing of large civilizations — including Ancient Egypt — in lands that were otherwise largely desert. But where did the Nile's water come from? It was a question that many had asked but that remained unanswered until the 19th century. Following the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, British interest in Ancient Egypt increased exponentially, fueling curiosity about the source of the Nile. River of the Gods by Candice Millard is the account of Richard Burton and John Speke, two British explorers sent to search for the answer to this ancient mystery, as well as their guide, a formerly enslaved African man named Sidi Mubarak Bombay (see Beyond the Book).

Speke and Burton's first ...

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