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Author Releases New Book That Highlights the Sudanese Revolt That Created the First Free Arab Nation

Author, Omer Ertur, is pleased to announce the release of his new book, Bones in the Nile. Bones In The Nile is a narrative of historical circumstances that led to the fall of Chinese Gordon and the Sudanese Mahdi.

Atlanta, GA, November 23, 2011 --( Author Highlights The Sudanese Revolt That Created The First Free Arab Nation In His New Book.

Bones In The Nile is a narrative of historical circumstances that led to the fall of Chinese Gordon and the Sudanese Mahdi. This historical narrative covers a period of nineteen months, January 1884 through July 1885, during which the Mahdist uprising in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan matures and forms the state of Mahdiya. Two principal characters in this armed political struggle are Charles George Gordon, the British general sent by the government of Great Britain to Khartoum to evacuate the Anglo-Egyptian garrison, and Muhammed Ahmed Al Mahdi, the leader of the Sudanese uprising against British colonial rule, whose army laid siege to the garrison town. Both men, the British general and the leader of the Sudanese uprising, meet their demise in highly questionable circumstances.

Five months after successfully declaring independence from British-ruled Egypt, the leader of Mahdiya dies under mysterious circumstances. The story explains and describes the circumstances that resulted in the assassination of Muhammed Ahmed and connects his unexpected death with the assassination of General Gordon. The narrative reveals the modus operandi of the two assassinations and the rationale of the assailants in undertaking these bloody actions and accomplishing their deadly aims.

The storyline is based on actual events that are described in chronicles presented at the end of the book. The main theme of the story is a contemplation upon the injustices and sufferings that resulted from the clash of two distinct civilizations, each with sharply enunciated political values, cultural habits, and religious dogmas.

"I lived and worked as a United Nations officer in Sudan for four years, during which time I was exposed to many historical inaccuracies about the Mahdist uprising that took place from 1882 through 1885, and the character assassination of its leader by the Western press at the time. The time I spent in Sudan has greatly inspired me to reveal the untold story about this unique and little understood anti-colonialist insurrection and its capable leader," says Ertur.

Book Information:
Bones In Thev Nile: The Omdurman Chronicles
Author: Omer Ertur
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1456320522
Pages: 826
Published: September 2011

About The Author
Omer Ertur was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. He received his education in the United States. He was professor of community and regional planning at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He lectured at various universities worldwide. As a planning and development professional, he worked in the United Nations and various international organizations, serving in southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa. In addition to academic publications, he has completed two historical novels. While working for the United Nations in Khartoum, he prepared the groundwork for a historical narrative about Al Mahdi and his liberation movement in the Sudan. The author, who has two children and a grandson, lives in Istanbul, Turkey, with his soul mate.

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Bones in the Nile is available for purchase online from, and other online retailers. Bookstores should contact Ingram for wholesale orders.

Other Books By Omer Ertur:

A Day of Terror in Australia
ISBN: 978-0974125336

A Prelude to Gallipoli
ISBN: 978-0974125329

Soul Mates
ISBN: 978-0974125305

Population and Human Resources Development in the Sudan
ISBN: 978-0813806990

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Omer Ertur
419 791 8004

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