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Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone | [Martin Dugard]

Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

"Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" So goes the signature introduction of New York Herald star journalist Henry Morton Stanley to renowned explorer Dr. David Livingstone, who had been missing for six years in the wilds of Africa. Into Africa ushers us into the meeting of these remarkable men. In 1866, when Livingstone journeyed into the heart of the African continent in search of the Nile's source, the land was rough, unknown to Europeans, and inhabited by man-eating tribes.
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Publisher's Summary

"Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" So goes the signature introduction of New York Herald star journalist Henry Morton Stanley to renowned explorer Dr. David Livingstone, who had been missing for six years in the wilds of Africa. Into Africa ushers us into the meeting of these remarkable men. In 1866, when Livingstone journeyed into the heart of the African continent in search of the Nile's source, the land was rough, unknown to Europeans, and inhabited by man-eating tribes. The man sent to find him was an orphan and a drifter who had great ambition but little success to show for it. The book shows how, over the course of their nine-year relationship, Stanley ironically rose in power and prominence while Livingstone was relegated to isolation and danger in Africa.

©2003 Martin Dugard; (P)2003 Books On Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"It is rare when a historical narrative keeps readers up late into the night....But author and adventurer Dugard...makes a suspenseful tale out of journalist Stanley's successful trek through the African interior to find and rescue a stranded Livingstone....This is a well-researched, always engrossing book." (Publishers Weekly)
"Dugard imbues the narrative with a keen sense of urgency that propels this compelling account along." (Booklist)
"An action-packed recounting of one of the most famous incidents in the history of exploration. Fine entertainment for adventure buffs, solidly researched and fluently told." (Kirkus)
"Crisp vivid language...transports the armchair adventurer from the jungle muck to the mountain peak." (Esquire)

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    Jennifer Savannah, GA, USA 04-04-09
    Jennifer Savannah, GA, USA 04-04-09
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    "Into Africa (Unabridged)"

    Excellent listening- I loved it!

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    James Hamilton, ON, Canada 01-05-09
    James Hamilton, ON, Canada 01-05-09
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    "An Engaging Account"

    "Into Africa" is an engaging history, well-researched, well-organized, informative, and entertaining. The narration is high quality, matching the content. Highly recommended!

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    L New York, NY, United States 08-26-07
    L New York, NY, United States 08-26-07 Member Since 2012
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    "Gripping history"

    Great stuff and makes history come alive. Really makes you appreciate the courage of these adventurers. Sickness, death, difficulty greeted them every step of the way, but they triumphed through sheer force of will. A great companion to Burton's bio.

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    Daniel Aspinwall, PA, USA 06-03-07
    Daniel Aspinwall, PA, USA 06-03-07
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    "Breathtaking"

    I'd like to pile on with everyone else. This is, by far, the best story I've ever read or listened to. The tale is epic, heroic, vivid, entertaining, and enlightening. Bravo!

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    Matthew Washington, DC, USA 12-14-06
    Matthew Washington, DC, USA 12-14-06
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    "A fantastic voyage"

    Told in a mesmerizing tone, "Into Africa" provides the historical context required to grasp what drove Stanley, Livingstone and others to venture into the heart of Africa. The story highlights the character flaws and strengths of not only the explorers but those who they encountered during their wanderings. A thoroughly enjoyable experience for those seeking to understand why they sought glory as well as fascinating cultures they encountered along the way.

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    Eric Charlotte, NC, USA 02-25-05
    Eric Charlotte, NC, USA 02-25-05
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    "Fascinating"

    I enjoyed listening to this book which tells the fascinating tale of Stanley and Livingston with what appears to be the complete truth. I would recommend to those who enjoy good historical stories.

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    HIYBRID 02-09-13
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    "Livingstone, I presume?????"

    OK I had no idea that the fellow that found Livingstone was a newspaper reporter looking for a story. Where was I on that day in history class? This is a fascinating tale of just exactly what those fellas with porters and pith helmets were up to in the then dark continent. I mean really? Ramar of the Jungle??? ... NO in truth the honest retelling of just exactly what and where and who done it in this oft referred to discovery. I'd tell ya but I'd spoil the ending. I feel smarter after this read, right there after being able to describe where tofu comes from.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen 06-09-12
    Stephen 06-09-12

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    "Find out why they were held in popular imagination"

    Some history of relatively recent British and American ideas and ideals of exploration abroad and trying to map new territory.

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    Jenifer 05-09-13
    Jenifer 05-09-13
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    "Way too long."
    Any additional comments?

    I felt like I was on an expedition to find the unknown END of this book!

    It could've been truncated a lot by focusing on the matter at hand. I understand developing the characters background, but many of them could've been left out.

    The whole first portion was about explorers other than Livingstone and Stanley all together!

    Ugh!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Delray Beach, FL, United States 12-07-08
    Steve Delray Beach, FL, United States 12-07-08 Member Since 2013

    A well written book is a gem.

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    "19th Century Sympathies Bring It Down......"

    I'm not as impressed as the other reviewers about this one. The 19th century outlook about slavery and white supremacy are accepted as too 'matter-of-fact and therefore OK' for my taste. Consequently, Stanley, Livingstone and the whole story come off as less than likeable. I ended up questioning how "great" these men really were and weather, in the 21st century, should any of us really care about what they did. Were these great men or just historical footnotes? The porters and guides who gave life and limb to make the story possible are handled as backdrops.
    As a story of adventure against impossible odds the book is just OK, but I was too distracted by the human flaws to appreciate it.

    3 of 18 people found this review helpful
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