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The lunatic express, Charles Miller

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The lunatic express
Title
The lunatic express
Statement of responsibility
Charles Miller
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • The story of the construction of the Mombasa-Nairobi-Lake Victoria Railway - a 600 mile journey into the unmapped heart of Africa, braving man-eating lions, pestilence, hostile tribes and some of the most inhospitable terrain ever crossed by rail
  • "In 1895, George Whitehouse arrived at the East African post of Mombasa to perform an engineering miracle: the building of the Mombasa-Nairobi-Lake Victoria Railway, a 600-mile route that was largely unmapped and barely explored. Behind Mombasa lay a scorched, waterless desert. Beyond, a horizonless scrub country climbed toward a jagged volcanic region bisected by the Great Rift Valley. A hundred miles of sponge-like quagmire marked the railway's last lap. The entire right of way bristled with hostile tribes, teemed with lions and breathed malaria. What was the purpose of this 'giant folly' and whom would it benefit? Was it to exploit the rumoured wealth of little-known central African kingdoms? Was it to destroy the slave trade? To encourage commerce and settlement? This book explores the building of this great railway in an earlier Africa of slave and ivory empires, of tribal monarchs and the vast lands that they ruled. Above all, it is the story of the white intruders whose combination of avarice, honour and tenacious courage made them a breed apart." --
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
NLE
Dewey number
967.6
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
The lunatic express, Charles Miller
Label
The lunatic express, Charles Miller
Publication
Note
  • Previously published, London: Macmillan, 1971
  • Cover subtitle: The magnificent saga of the railway's journey to the heart of Africa
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn954252887
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Dimensions
24 cm
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Edition
Revised edition.
Extent
xviii, 590 pages
Isbn
9781784977382
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)954252887

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