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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.
'Superb ... Tim Jeal's absorbing biography will surely be definitive.'
'Entirely gripping ... a rollicking read, as well as a moving, incisive study of one man's restless, evolving character and ambitions.'
Stanley has already been the subject of several major biographies. What does this one add? A great deal. [Jeal] brings to life the jarring paradoxes, the driving demons and the dreams of this extraordinary man... sympathetic yet balanced, perceptive and full of perspective, this is biography at its best.
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