Into Africa

Into Africa

The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

Book - 2003
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With the utterance of a single line--"Doctor Livingstone, I presume?"--a remote meeting in the heart of Africa was transformed into one of the most famous encounters in exploration history. But the true story behind Dr. David Livingstone and journalist Henry Morton Stanley is one that has escaped telling.Into Africais an extraordinarily researched account of a thrilling adventure--defined by alarming foolishness, intense courage, and raw human achievement. In the mid-1860s, exploration had reached a plateau. The seas and continents had been mapped, the globe circumnavigated. Yet one vexing puzzle remained unsolved: what was the source of the mighty Nile river? Aiming to settle the mystery once and for all, Great Britain called upon its legendary explorer, Dr. David Livingstone, who had spent years in Africa as a missionary. In March 1866, Livingstone steered a massive expedition into the heart of Africa. In his path lay nearly impenetrable, uncharted terrain, hostile cannibals, and deadly predators. Within weeks, the explorer had vanished without a trace. Years passed with no word. While debate raged in England over whether Livingstone could be found--or rescued--from a place as daunting as Africa, James Gordon Bennett, Jr., the brash American newspaper tycoon, hatched a plan to capitalize on the world's fascination with the missing legend. He would send a young journalist, Henry Morton Stanley, into Africa to search for Livingstone. A drifter with great ambition, but little success to show for it, Stanley undertook his assignment with gusto, filing reports that would one day captivate readers and dominate the front page of theNew York Herald. Tracing the amazing journeys of Livingstone and Stanley in alternating chapters, author Martin Dugard captures with breathtaking immediacy the perils and challenges these men faced. Woven into the narrative, Dugard tells an equally compelling story of the remarkable transformation that occurred over the course of nine years, as Stanley rose in power and prominence and Livingstone found himself alone and in mortal danger. The first book to draw on modern research and to explore the combination of adventure, politics, and larger-than-life personalities involved,Into Africais a riveting read.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Doubleday, c2003
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780385504515
Branch Call Number: 916.70423/DUG 4565 1


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Jun 30, 2017

If you like travel/adventure type writing, I would highly recommend this book. It chronicles the epic adventures of Dr. Livingstone as he explores Africa in search of the source of the Nile. It also tells the story of Henry Morton Stanley who goes looking for Livingstone when he goes missing. What these men endured is astounding. War, hostile native tribes, starvation, exhaustion and constant sickness. The story itself is super interesting but I also enjoyed learning about the politics that drove this age of exploration in the world. These men were the rock stars of their day and their story is well worth reading.

Sep 25, 2014

A wonderfully readable history of early exploration in the wilds of Africa.

"Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" These were the first words spoken by journalist Morton Stanley to explorer Dr. David Livingstone upon finding him in the wilds of Africa. Livingstone, Britain's preeminent explorer had been missing for nearly 7 years. Stanley's expedition and journey into Africa to find Livingstone were no less harrowing than the hardships that Livingstone himself endured. Both men were driven, one to find the source of the Nile, the other to find Livingstone. A rich travel log and history of Africa, its hardships, people, and beauty during a time when few westerners or Europeans traveled into Africa. Wonderful!

Nov 06, 2009

An engrossing account of the journey that Henry Morgan Stanley undertakes to locate the missing British explorer, David Livingstone. The African landscape is vividly portrayed, along with fascinating but often gruesome details of the amazing hardships and violence encountered along the way, including tribal conflicts and the slave trade. While providing well-researched historical context, the book is essentially a suspense story and a great adventure.

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