• "The tale has been told many times before but rarely with Green's verve and wit...This is popular history at its best"

    Sunday Times
  • "Dominic Green's qualifications for writing about the Mahdist state established in Sudan between 1881 and 1898 are a degree in English from Oxford and a stint playing guitar behind Dionne Warwick. It proves a model education. The story of the Mahdist uprising, the dispatch of General Charles George Gordon, his heroic defence of Khartoum and death in 1885, has been told too often, but rarely with such clarity and panache..."

    Saturday Guardian Review