River War, The

978-1-58731-700-2
Forthcoming Books
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A definitive new edition, edited and with an introduction by James W. Muller, New foreword by Lady Soames (Churchill’s only surviving child); Published in association with the Churchill Ctr., ca. 1350 pages, 6” x 9”, two-volume slipcased edition, new and definitive critical edition, two volumes, slipcased, two-color printing throughout, colored map sections, many line drawings and photogravures, separate booklet of Churchill’s war correspondence included in facsimile, foreword, introduction, footnotes, appendices, bibliography, index, pub date: March 2015

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River War, The

An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan

Churchill, Winston S.

Originally published in two volumes in 1899, The River War has been out of print in its original, unabridged version since it was shortened to one volume in 1902. Only 3,000 copies were printed, and the first edition costs thousands of dollars today. The original version abounded in colorful stories about Churchill, controversial judgments on his contemporaries (especially his commanding officer, Lord Kitchener), and thoughts on Islamic fundamentalism and British imperialism. Because they were left out of every subsequent edition, they are all but unknown today, even to scholars. The 1899 edition was illustrated with drawings, photogravures, and colored maps that disappeared with the 1902 abridgment.

The new St. Augustine’s Press edition includes the entire text of the original edition, returned to print for the first time since the book was abridged. It also includes all material added or altered in later editions of the book. New appendices add a definitive new edition of Churchill’s newspaper dispatches from the Sudan, based for the first time on his original manuscripts, as well as Churchill’s other writings on the Sudan from 1898 to 1958.

The new edition has a new foreword by Churchill’s only surviving child, Lady Soames, who is a noted writer in her own right. Editor James W. Muller’s more than fifteen years of research adds thousands of new footnotes identifying people who figure in The River War, explaining Churchill’s references to other books and events, tracking down the original dispatches and illustrations, and establishing a text that encompasses all variations in previous editions. These elements distinguish the new edition from any other and make it the definitive version of The River War for all time.

St. Augustine’s Press will publish the two-volume set, slipcased, with a binding to match the 1899 edition. The outer slipcase will be illustrated, and the books will have the unique endpapers. All of the original drawings, photogravures, and colored maps will be included, along with a separately bound facsimile samples of Churchill’s original manuscript dispatches and chapters.