Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer
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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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - 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
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - 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
1 Dreams of Love and Freedom
2 In the Name of the Father
3 A Terrible Freedom
4 An Accidentprone Apprenticeship
5 War Correspondent
6 How are we to be Married?
7 The Longimagined Quest
21 A Kind of Innocence
22 Why Rescue Emin Pasha?
23 A Fateful Decision
24 The Enigma of Emin Pasha
25 Evil Hangs over this Forest
26 Keeping Emin Pashas Secret
27 The Shape of Things to Come
28 Dorothys Other Love
8 I Cannot Die
9 Canonizing Dr Livingstone
10 Fame is Useless to Me
11 A Destiny Resumed
12 Love and the Longest Journey
13 The Island of Death
14 The Great Struggle with this Mystery
15 I Hate Evil and Love Good
16 A Colony for a King
17 A Banquet in Paris
18 After the Slave Raids
19 Who Stole the Congo?
20 A Pawn in Great Power Politics