With news of tenuous peace in Sudan, foreign correspondent Dan Morrison bought a plank-board boar, summoned a childhood friend, and set off for Uganda, paddling the White Nile on a quest to reach Cairo -- a trip that tyrrany and war had made impossible for decades. Morrison's chronicle is a mashup of travel narrative and reportage, tracking the snarl of commonalities and conflicts that bleed across the Nile valley. From Lake Victoria's hardscrabble fishing villages to Cairo's floating nightclubs, Morrison brings to life all the places and lives invisible to cable news and opinion blogs. Relaying the voices of the Sudanese freedom fighters and escaped Ugandan sex slaves, desert tribesmen and Egyptian tomb raiders, The Black Nile culminates in a visceral understanding of one of the world's most elusive hotspots, where millions strive to claw their way from poverty to something better. With the propulsive force of a thriller, The Black Nile is rife with humor, humanity, and fervid insigth -- an unparalleled portrait of a complex territory in profound transition.