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In 1856, already famous adventurer Richard Burton and the young John Hanning Speke ventured deep into the wilderness of the African Great Lakes, searching for the source of the Nile. The Royal Geographical Society expedition proved to be a disaster in more ways than one: Both explorers were taken down by disease; Speke by temporary blindness; most of their surveying equipment was stolen or ruined; and they were ultimately unable to achieve their mission goal. What occurred after they returned home to England was no less disastrous. The two began a venomous public feud that damaged both their reputations, but helped seal a story that told here adeptly by Martin Dugard (Into Africa; The Training Ground) holds our attention to its very end.