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Explorers of the Nile -- The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure

Jeal, Tim

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ISBN 10: 0300149352 / ISBN 13: 9780300149357
Published by Yale University Press, New Haven, 2011
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Another great book by the author of biographies on Stanley, Livingstone, and others, all of which have won awards. This one is on the competition to discover the source of the White Nile, and Jeal argues convincingly that John Speke deserves more credit than the more famous Richard Burton. In any case, it was an almost fatally arduous effort, and an achievement that ranks with the all-time greats of exploration. 510 pages, an UNREAD copy in AS NEW condition, with number line starting with "1." The DJ is in a bro-dart cover. Bookseller Inventory # 151006

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Title: Explorers of the Nile -- The Triumph and ...

Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Cloth

Illustrator: B & W Photographs

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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Nothing obsessed explorers of the mid-nineteenth century more than the quest to discover the source of the White Nile. It was the planet's most elusive secret, the prize coveted above all others. Between 1856 and 1876, six larger-than-life men and one extraordinary woman accepted the challenge. Showing extreme courage and resilience, Richard Burton, John Hanning Speke, James Augustus Grant, Samuel Baker, Florence von Sass, David Livingstone, and Henry Morton Stanley risked their lives and reputations in the fierce competition. Award-winning author Tim Jeal deploys fascinating new research to provide a vivid tableau of the unmapped "Dark Continent," its jungle deprivations, and the courage—as well as malicious tactics—of the explorers.

On multiple forays launched into east and central Africa, the travelers passed through almost impenetrable terrain and suffered the ravages of flesh-eating ulcers, paralysis, malaria, deep spear wounds, and even death. They discovered Lakes Tanganyika and Victoria and became the first white people to encounter the kingdoms of Buganda and Bunyoro. Jeal weaves the story with authentic new detail and examines the tragic unintended legacy of the Nile search that still casts a long shadow over the people of Uganda and Sudan.

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Praise for Tim Jeal’s Stanley, winner of the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography

"A 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, profiting from his access to an immense new trove of Stanley material."—Paul Theroux, front page, New York Times Book Review
"[An] impressive, revealing, and well written biography. . . . Tim Jeal has had both the good fortune to see [Stanley's] papers and the skill to construct a new interpretation around them. He recognizes Stanley's feats and views them in the context of his age rather than ours. Moreover, he adds new layers to his subject's character."—David Gilmour, New York Review of Books

"[T]his commanding, definitive biography . . . is an unalloyed triumph."—Jason Roberts, Washington Post Book World

“Sympathetic yet balanced, perceptive and full of perspective, this is biography at its best.”—Ross Leckie, The Times London

Named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2007 by the New York Times Book Review

Selected as one of the best books of 2008 by the Washington Post

Nominated for the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography

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