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Into Africa : the epic adventures of Stanley & Livingstone
Martin Dugard
Adult Nonfiction DT1110.L58 D85 2003

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From Publishers' Weekly:

It is rare when a historical narrative keeps readers up late into the night, especially when the story is as well known as Henry Morgan Stanley's search for the missionary and explorer David Livingstone. But author and adventurer Dugard, who's written a biography of Capt. James Cook among other works, makes a suspenseful tale out of journalist Stanley's successful trek through the African interior to find and rescue a stranded Livingstone. Dugan has read extensively in unpublished diaries, newspapers of the time and the archives of Britain's Royal Geographical Society; he also visited the African locations central to the story. Together these sources enable him to re-create with immediacy the astounding hardships, both natural and manmade, that Africa put in the path of the two central characters. Dugard also presents thoughtful insights into the psychology of both Stanley and Livingstone, whose respective responses to Africa could not have differed more. Stanley was bent on beating Africa with sheer force of will, matching it brutality for brutality, while Livingstone, possessed of spirituality and a preternatural absence of any fear of death, responded to the continent's harshness with patience and humility. Descriptions of the African landscape are vivid, as are the descriptions of malaria, dysentery, sleeping sickness, insect infestations, monsoons and tribal wars, all of which Stanley and Livingstone faced. More disturbing, however is Dugard's depiction of the prosperous Arab slave trade, which creates a sense of menace that often reaches Conradian intensity. This is a well-researched, always engrossing book. Agent, Eric Simonoff. (On sale May 6) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Dugard (Farther Than Any Man: The Rise and Fall of Captain James Cook) has written a riveting history focusing on the famous meeting of Dr. David Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley in east Africa. Victorian explorer extraordinaire, Livingstone returned to Africa in 1866 to search for the disputed source of the Nile for the Royal Geographical Society. Stanley, a reporter for the New York Herald, was sent to Africa in 1870 to find Livingstone, who was feared dead. His dispatches continued to fan the flame of worldwide interest in Livingstone while also managing to "twist the tiger's tale" by condemning the British for abandoning their hero. Dugard details how the expeditions were conceived and equipped, the land through which they traveled, the tribes they encountered, the horrific evidence of the slave trade, and the myriad dangers experienced, such as sleeping sickness, malaria, carnivorous animals, snakes, war, hunger, and dehydration. Following the two men's journeys in alternating chapters, Dugard offers a text that is lively, enthralling, and informative. While not replacing the multiple full biographies of either man, this work is nevertheless highly recommended for all libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/02.]-Margaret Atwater-Singer, Univ. of Evansville Libs., IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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