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The Black Nile by Dan Morrison
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Sep 14, 2011

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I read this title because of current events in northeast Africa (famine, the newly minted country of South Sudan, etc). Dan Morrison follows the Nile River through Uganda, Sudan, and Egypt. As travelogues go, it's just ok. As journalism, it's good. Morrison is a talented writer and a fearless if not masochistic reporter. It's a story that needs to be told. The tensions among tribal identities; government beaurocracy; Arab elitism; forced Islamicization; and a destitute Sudan whoring itself to Chinese exploitation (or investment, depending upon one's perspective). In all though, it defies its subtitle (amazing!) and would have been much stronger as a focused piece on Northeast African politics and economy.

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