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Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone (original: 2003; edição: 2004)

de Martin Dugard (Autor)

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"In the mid-1860s, exploration had reached a plateau. The seas and continents had been mapped, the globe circumnavigated. Yet one vexing puzzle remained unsolved: What was the source of the mighty Nile River? Aiming to settle the mystery once and for all, Great Britain called upon its legendary explorer, Dr. David Livingstone, who had spent years in Africa as a missionary. In March 1866, Livingstone steered a massive expedition into the heart of Africa. In his path lay nearly impenetrable, unchartered terrain, hostile cannibals, and deadly predators. Within weeks, the explorer had vanished without a trace. Years passed with no word.". "While debate raged in England over whether Livingstone could be found - or rescued - from a place as daunting as Africa, James Gordon Bennett, Jr., the brash American newspaper tycoon, hatched a plan to capitalize on the world's fascination with the missing legend. He would send a young journalist, Henry Morton Stanley, into Africa to search for Livingstone. A drifter with great ambition, but little success to show for it, Stanley undertook his assignment with gusto, filing reports that would one day captivate readers and dominate the front page of the New York Herald." "Tracing the amazing journeys of Livingstone and Stanley in alternating chapters, author Martin Dugard captures the perils and challenges these men faced. Dugard weaves into the narrative the remarkable transformation that occurred over the course of nine years, as Stanley rose in power and prominence and Livingstone found himself alone and in mortal danger."--BOOK JACKET.… (mais)
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Título:Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone
Autores:Martin Dugard (Autor)
Informação:Broadway Books (2004), Edition: Reprint, 368 pages
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There are many excellent rescue / adventure books available. Some I enjoyed include "In the Heart of the Sea", about the whaleship Essex by Nathanial Philbrick;
"The Endurance", by Caroline Alexander, about Shackleton's rescue from the Antartic; "Into Thin Air", by Jon Krakaur, about a disastrous expedition to Mt. Everest; or "Miracle in the Andes", by Nando Parrado about a plane crash in the Andes and subsequent rescue. The common theme in all those is that some misfortune befell the travellers / adventurers, and they had no choice but to try to find their way out of their troubles.
Into Africa is different in that you find an adventurer who willingly leaves the comfort of civilization to put himself into the types of hardship that these others need rescuing from. To read about the individuals who took on the unknown, facing brutal heat, cannibals, floods, near starvation, animal attacks, unfriendly tribes, Muslim slave traders, stolen provisions, bugs and diseases of all types, all for a sense of discovery and adventure is mind-boggling. Definately worth a look if you've ever been curious as to who Stanley and Livingston really were, or how they ended up meeting in Africa.
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  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
"Doctor Livingstone, I presume?" Did Henry Morton Stanley say it or not? This is a nonfiction book that covers the life of Dr. David Livingstone, one of Britain's great explorers who made several trips to Africa. The book covers some of the other explorers of that age (1860s and earlier). Livingston swore to discover the answer to one of the hot topics of the time - namely the source of the Nile. Africa was very challenging with very difficult terrain, intense insect life (some of which cause malaria or other diseases), the wildlife and the people, some of whom are very friendly and some very fierce. Livingstone was intensely anti-slavery, but on this last trip he became desperate between illness and losing all his provisions so he accepted help from the primary slavers of the time, the Arabs. He talked about going through villages empty due to being murdered or enslaved by the Arabs. Henry Stanley Morton who was born extremely poor in Wales and was in an orphanage escaped to the United States on a ship where he was badly treated. However, he did start to take control of his life and started writing for western newspapers. He did some stupid things but eventually wrangled a position with the leading New York newspaper and was sent to Africa to find Livingstone who was in need of help due to lack of provisions and illnesses (he was late 50s by this time) and he had been gone about 4 years with no word. Stanley knew where he was heading and went in with a well funded caravan. Like many before him, some of his porters turned back taking supplies with them. Stanley also contracted malaria and small pox during the trip, but eventually did find LIvingstone, helping him get back on his feet. However, LIvingstone refused to return until he had found the source of the Nile. He was looking in the wrong place was looking hundreds of miles south of the actual source that wasn't discovered for another 100 years with the help of planes. Livingstone died in Africa and his body was returned to England. Stanley got out of Africa and became a wealthy man writing books.
  taurus27 | Jul 3, 2019 |
Zambia Tanganyika
  oirm42 | May 21, 2018 |
This account of Stanley and Livingstone is very interesting, though it does bog down in places. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 10, 2016 |
Joy's review: A jolly good read! Amazing adventures, incredible hardships and fantastic journeys... I can't begin to fathom how they endured the physical hardships that these journeys put upon them. It's also hard to comprehend the drive of these explorers trying to be the first to definitively identify the source of the Nile. I'd recommend this book to just about anyone. ( )
  konastories | Jan 28, 2014 |
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“Doctor Livingstone, I presume?”

Thus concluded a two year journey through jungles, deserts and battlefields in east Africa in 1871. In a different way, that famous greeting concluded an era of African history, and marked the beginning of the period of European colonialism. It’s a neat fulcrum in geopolitical history, but its immediate significance to the Arab and African witnesses was mostly seeing two white men in the same village.

Henry Morton Stanley’s greeting of the long-lost British explorer David Livingstone changed European thinking about Africa. What was once the land of impossible danger now became the land of opportunity. Stanley’s American flag also stirred the pot of European tribal jealousies, leading to a competitive atmosphere among the kings and princes in Europe.

Even at the height of the slave trade, Europeans rarely ventured into the African back-country, preferring instead to buy slaves right on the coast. All the same, the slave trade was a social earthquake throughout Africa. The crack cocaine of its day, slave-trading brought incredible sums of money for very little work to minor kings and chiefs in the backcountry, and over the course of a few centuries, entire civilizations were depopulated of their brightest and best. . . .

Into Africa tells the story of Stanley’s quest to find Livingstone. It was the most famous story of its day, but the details have been largely forgotten today. But author Martin Dugard doesn’t put two white actors against a backdrop of mute and stupid black extras. He places them into a living, breathing world of real people – fighters and lovers, scoundrels and saints. It’s a great read and an eye-opening story.

 

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"In the mid-1860s, exploration had reached a plateau. The seas and continents had been mapped, the globe circumnavigated. Yet one vexing puzzle remained unsolved: What was the source of the mighty Nile River? Aiming to settle the mystery once and for all, Great Britain called upon its legendary explorer, Dr. David Livingstone, who had spent years in Africa as a missionary. In March 1866, Livingstone steered a massive expedition into the heart of Africa. In his path lay nearly impenetrable, unchartered terrain, hostile cannibals, and deadly predators. Within weeks, the explorer had vanished without a trace. Years passed with no word.". "While debate raged in England over whether Livingstone could be found - or rescued - from a place as daunting as Africa, James Gordon Bennett, Jr., the brash American newspaper tycoon, hatched a plan to capitalize on the world's fascination with the missing legend. He would send a young journalist, Henry Morton Stanley, into Africa to search for Livingstone. A drifter with great ambition, but little success to show for it, Stanley undertook his assignment with gusto, filing reports that would one day captivate readers and dominate the front page of the New York Herald." "Tracing the amazing journeys of Livingstone and Stanley in alternating chapters, author Martin Dugard captures the perils and challenges these men faced. Dugard weaves into the narrative the remarkable transformation that occurred over the course of nine years, as Stanley rose in power and prominence and Livingstone found himself alone and in mortal danger."--BOOK JACKET.

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