Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer

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Yale University Press, 2007 - 570 Seiten
"A magnificent new life . . . [and] a superb adventure story. . . . There have been many biographies of Stanley, but Jeal's is the most felicitous, the best informed, the most complete and readable and exhaustive, profiting from his access to an immense new trove of Stanley material." -- Paul Theroux, front page, New York Times Book Review

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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Nutzerbericht  - nmele - LibraryThing

An interesting biography of the journalist and explorer which introduces evidence from Stanley's diaries and letters to counter the prevailing image of him as a brutal opportunist who colluded with ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - atheist_goat - LibraryThing

I liked this, though I quickly grew to dislike Jeal and his constant refrain of "no one else has ever used these materials or drawn these conclusions - everyone else has always been wrong about ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Introduction
1
1 Dreams of Love and Freedom
17
2 In the Name of the Father
31
3 A Terrible Freedom
42
4 An Accidentprone Apprenticeship
57
5 War Correspondent
62
6 How are we to be Married?
73
7 The Longimagined Quest
91
21 A Kind of Innocence
298
22 Why Rescue Emin Pasha?
313
23 A Fateful Decision
329
24 The Enigma of Emin Pasha
336
25 Evil Hangs over this Forest
354
26 Keeping Emin Pashas Secret
365
27 The Shape of Things to Come
384
28 Dorothys Other Love
391

8 I Cannot Die
101
9 Canonizing Dr Livingstone
117
10 Fame is Useless to Me
133
11 A Destiny Resumed
149
12 Love and the Longest Journey
157
13 The Island of Death
171
14 The Great Struggle with this Mystery
193
15 I Hate Evil and Love Good
220
16 A Colony for a King
233
17 A Banquet in Paris
257
18 After the Slave Raids
266
19 Who Stole the Congo?
280
20 A Pawn in Great Power Politics
289
29 Was the Emin Pasha Expedition Piratical?
407
30 Africa or a Child
415
31 An End to Noble Objects
423
32 Stanley Leopold and the Atrocities
443
33 Before it is Too Late
453
Afterword
464
Acknowledgements
476
Sources
478
Bibliography
482
Notes
488
Index
547
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Über den Autor (2007)

Tim Jeal is also the biographer of Henry Morton Stanley (National Book Critics' Circle Award in Biography and Sunday Times Biography of the Year 2007), and Robert Baden-Powell, which (like Livingstone) was chosen as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and the Washington Post. In 2011 his Explorers of the Nile was a New York Times Editor's Choice and a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.

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