Interesting account of the complicated and violent relationship of Egypt, Sudan, Britain and France in the days of imperialism and the "scramble for AInteresting account of the complicated and violent relationship of Egypt, Sudan, Britain and France in the days of imperialism and the "scramble for Africa." By telling a complicated story, it has the merit of showing how interlinked the fate of the Egyptian fellahin could be with the power games of the great powers. And the account of the rise and fall of the Mahdist state in the Sudan is not only fascinating, but remains painfully relevant in our times.
What I disliked about the book is its the author's regular descent into flippancy. Sometimes it is hard not to be satirical about the incredible twists and turns of the politicians and some of the more bizarre characters that occupied the stage. But this is a story about real people and a lot of them died, so the historian owes them some respect, and an attemp to understand their fate and motives.