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Stanley The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer (Paperback)

Author:  Tim Jeal
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0300142234
ISBN-13: 9780300142235
Sku: 207968012
Publish Date: 10/28/2008
Pages:  608
Age Range:  NA
We think of Stanley as a cruel imperialist who connived with King Leopold II of Belgium in horrific crimes against the people of the Congo--and the journalist who conducted the most legendary celebrity interview in history, opening with, Dr. Livingstone, I presume? But these perceptions are not quite true, as biographer Jeal shows. With access to previously closed Stanley family archives, Jeal reveals the extent to which Stanleys career and life have been misunderstood and undervalued. Few have started life as disadvantaged as Stanley. Rejected by both parents and consigned to a Welsh workhouse, he emigrated to America as a penniless eighteen-year-old. Jeal re-creates Stanleys rise to success, his friendships and romantic relationships, and his life-changing decision to assume an American identity. Stanleys epic but unfairly forgotten African journeys are described, establishing the explorer as the greatest to set foot on the continent.--From publisher description. *Author: Jeal, Tim *Subtitle: The Impossible Life of Africas Greatest Explorer *Publication Date: 2008/10/28 *Number of Pages: 570 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.75 *Width: 6.25 *Height: 9.25
Perhaps no historical figure has come to embody 19th-century European colonialism better than explorer Henry Morton Stanley, who made a name for himself with his long, dangerous expeditions into the heart of Africa--his most famous being his search for the "lost" Scottish missionary Doctor David Livingstone. His exploits, including his brutal treatment of the natives, made him a grand figure in Victorian society, though in subsequent years he has been pilloried as a racist brute. Tim Jeal, in his fascinating biography of Stanley, shows that neither view is precisely true: Stanley frequently exaggerated his adventures, particularly his clashes with the native Africans, to appeal to his audiences at home. Indeed, Jeal paints a remarkable portrait of a man--the poor bastard child of a teenage Welsh woman--who was constantly changing his identity, his story, and even his name in order to rise above the shame of his childhood. Not only does STANLEY: THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE OF AFRICA'S GREATEST EXPLORER set the historical record straight, it also delves deeply into the psychology of a wonderfully dramatic figure.


"Painstakingly researched and eminently readable...Jeal's biography is an unalloyed triumph." - Jason Roberts 12/23/2007

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0608
Product attributePublisher:   Yale University Press
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