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Stanley. Dark genius of African exploration.

McLynn, Frank.

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ISBN 10: 0712605657 / ISBN 13: 9780712605656
Verlag: London, Pimlico, 2004
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23 cm x 15 cm. 499 pages. With several illustrations and maps. Original Softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Sir Henry Morton Stanley GCB (born John Rowlands; 28 January 1841 – 10 May 1904) was a Welsh journalist and explorer famous for his exploration of central Africa and his search for missionary and explorer David Livingstone. Upon finding Livingstone, Stanley reportedly asked, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" Stanley is also known for his search for the source of the Nile, his work in and development of the Congo Basin region in association with King Leopold II of the Belgians and for commanding the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition. He was knighted in 1899. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 70357AB

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Titel: Stanley. Dark genius of African exploration.

Verlag: London, Pimlico

Erscheinungsdatum: 2004

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Sir Henry Morton Stanley, greatest of African explorers, was one of the most fascinating late Victorian adventurers. Born into poverty and illegitimacy, he survived a series of incredible adventures at sea and in the USA to emerge as a journalist of talent after the American Civil War. His coverage of the British Ethiopian expedition to chastise Emperor Theodore brought him to the attention of James Gordon Bennett who commissioned him to find David Livingstone in Africa, the greatest single feat in African exploration.

Yet behind the public man lay a disturbed personality. A pathological liar with sadomasochistic tendencies, Stanley's achievements exacted a high human cost. As Frank McLynn's masterly study shows, his foundation of the Congo Free State on behalf of Leopold II of Belgium, and the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition were both dubious enterprises which tarnished his reputation, revealing the complex - and often troubling - relationship that Stanley had with Africa.

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"This vast book is packed with adventures" ( Independent)

"Excellent...entertaining, well-researched and scrupulously annotated" ( Spectator)

"Meticulously and grippingly told" ( Evening Standard)

"Splendid, deep-delving biography" ( Guardian)

"Captivating" ( Literary Review)

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