Stanley: Africa's Greatest Explorer

Stanley: Africa's Greatest Explorer

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by Tim Jeal
     
 
Henry Morton Stanley was a cruel imperialist - a bad man of Africa. Or so we think: but as Tim Jeal brilliantly shows, the reality of Stanley's life is yet more extraordinary. Few people know of his dazzling trans-Africa journey, a heart-breaking epic of human endurance which solved virtually every one of the continent's remaining geographical puzzles. With new

Overview

Henry Morton Stanley was a cruel imperialist - a bad man of Africa. Or so we think: but as Tim Jeal brilliantly shows, the reality of Stanley's life is yet more extraordinary. Few people know of his dazzling trans-Africa journey, a heart-breaking epic of human endurance which solved virtually every one of the continent's remaining geographical puzzles. With new documentary evidence, Jeal explores the very nature of exploration and reappraises a reputation, in a way that is both moving and truly majestic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780571265640
Publisher:
Faber and Faber
Publication date:
10/06/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
691,160
File size:
10 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Tim Jeal is the author of Livingstone, selected as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review and one of the 'Best and Brightest of the Year' by the Washington Post Book World. His Baden-Powell was described in the Literary Review as 'one of the most important biographies of recent years'. His memoir, Swimming with my Father, was published by Faber in 2004 to rapturous critical acclaim. He is also a novelist and a former winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.

Tim Jeal is an acclaimed novelist and biographer, whose Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer was published by Faber in 2007 and was a BBC Radio Four 'Book of the Week'. Stanley was named Sunday Times Biography of the Year, and, in the US, won the National Book Critics' Circle Award in Biography for 2007. Tim's memoir Swimming with my Father was published by Faber in 2004 and was also a BBC Radio Four 'Book of the Week' and was shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley Prize for autobiography.

In September 2011 Faber will publish Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure, which, thanks to much original research, will shed fascinating new light on the 'Search for the Nile' and its colonial consequences.

In 1973 Tim Jeal's Livingstone (1973) was selected as a 'Notable Book of the Year' by the New York Times Book Review and one of the 'Best and Brightest of the Year' by the Washington Post Book World. Livingstone formed the basis for a BBC TV documentary and a film for the Discovery Channel. It has never been out of print. Nor has Tim Jeal's Baden-Powell (1989), which was a 'Notable Book of the Year', and was chosen by Channel 4 for its 'Secret Lives' strand. In 1975 Tim was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The life,adventures and piracies of Captain Singleton by Daniel Defoe of Robinson Crusoe fame is recommended as a follow up to this book. The first half of it provides great insight into why European interest developed in the centuries following its publication in the early 1700's. Read it and you will understand many things. BTW it is a free book
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