Stanley : The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer

Stanley : The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer

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A rousing biography of the most brilliant, and misunderstood, adventurer in the great age of exploration-winner of the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography and a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2007

"Magnificent new life . . . . There have been many biographies of Stanley, but Jeal's is the most felicitous, the best informed, the most complete and readable and exhaustive."-Paul Theroux, front page, New York Times Book Review

"This commanding, definitive biography . . . is an unalloyed triumph."-Jason Roberts, Washington Post Book World

Henry Morton Stanley, so the tale goes, was a cruel imperialist who connived with King Leopold II of Belgium in horrific crimes against the people of the Congo. He also conducted the most legendary celebrity interview in history, opening with, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" But these perceptions are not quite true, Tim Jeal shows in this grand and colorful biography. With unprecedented access to previously closed Stanley family archives, Jeal reveals the amazing extent to which Stanley's public career and intimate life have been misunderstood and undervalued. Jeal recovers the reality of Stanley's life-a life of almost impossible extremes-in this moving story of tragedy, adventure, disappointment, and success.

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 vividly re-creates Stanley's rise to success, his friendships and romantic relationships, and his life-changing decision to assume an American identity. Stanley's epic but unfairly forgotten African journeys are thrillingly described, establishing the explorer as the greatest to set foot on the continent. Few biographies can claim so thoroughly to reappraise a reputation; few portray a more extraordinary historical figure.

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