Stanley: Africa's Greatest Explorer

Stanley: Africa's Greatest Explorer

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By (author) Tim Jeal

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  • Publisher: FABER & FABER
  • Format: Paperback | 608 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 42mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 6 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571221033
  • ISBN 13: 9780571221035
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.), maps, ports. (some col.)
  • Sales rank: 131,685

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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.

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Author information

Tim Jeal is the author of Livingstone, selected as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review. 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.

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"'Superb... Tim Jeal's absorbing biography will surely be definitive.' Sunday Telegraph"