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Parting the Desert: The Creation of the Suez Canal

2 Ratings: 1.0
A book by Zachary Karabell

In an ably researched and well-told account, Karabell (The Last Campaign) chronicles the origins and legacy of one of the greatest undertakings of the 19th century. While the construction of the Suez Canal across a 100-mile stretch of arid Egypt to link … see full wiki

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Author: Zachary Karabell
Genre: Professional & Technical, Nonfiction
Publisher: Knopf
2 reviews about Parting the Desert: The Creation of the...
review by . September 29, 2008
Boring take on what sounded like it would have been an interesting subject. Mostly about the byzantine wanderings of Lessep, the Canal's driving force, through the politics and marketing of the canal, with pedestrian writing.    Brings to mind Steve Martin's line from Planes Trains and Automobiles: "These little stories you tell? They should have a point!"
review by . August 21, 2003
This is a very well-written book on the history of the Suez Canal, from the inception of the idea for its digging until today. There's not a lot of description of the actual work that was involved; we are primarily given the political and diplomatic machinations that were involved in the beginning of the work, and continuing until it opened, and beyond. There are thumbnail sketches of the major players, and they were quite interesting. There are also occasional mistakes of fact in the book, which …
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