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Stanley: Dark Genius of African Explorationby Frank Mclynn
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The celebrated African explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley was one of the most fascinating of the late-Victorian adventurers. Born into poverty and illegitimacy, he survived a series of incredible adventures at sea and in the U.S., emerging as a talented journalist. His writing led to a commission to find David Livingstone, the greatest single feat in African exploration. Yet behind the public man lay a disturbed personality. As Frank McLynns study shows, his foundation of the Congo Free State on behalf of Leopold II of Belgium, as well as the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition were both dubious enterprises that tarnished Stanleys reputation and revealed his complex—and often troubling—relationship with Africa.
Originally published in two volumes, this is the story of Sir Henry Morton Stanley, one of the greatest African explorers. Born into poverty, he survived a series of adventures at sea before being commissioned to find David Livingstone in Africa, the greatest single feat in African exploration.
Behind the public man, one of the most fascinating late Victorian adventurers and probably the greatest of African explorers, lay a disturbed personality. A pathological liar with sadomasochistic tendencies, Stanleys achievements exacted a high human cost.
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