Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone
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With the utterance of a single line—“Doctor Livingstone, I presume?”—a remote meeting in the heart of Africa was transformed into one of the most famous encounters in exploration history. But the true story behind Dr. David Livingstone and journalist Henry Morton Stanley is one that has escaped telling. Into Africa is an extraordinarily researched account of a thrilling adventure—defined by alarming foolishness, intense courage, and raw human achievement.
In the mid-1860s, exploration had reached a plateau. The seas and continents had been mapped, the globe circumnavigated. Yet one vexing puzzle remained unsolved: what was the source of the mighty Nile river? Aiming to settle the mystery once and for all, Great Britain called upon its legendary explorer, Dr. David Livingstone, who had spent years in Africa as a missionary. In March 1866, Livingstone steered a massive expedition into the heart of Africa. In his path lay nearly impenetrable, uncharted terrain, hostile cannibals, and deadly predators. Within weeks, the explorer had vanished without a trace. Years passed with no word.
While debate raged in England over whether Livingstone could be found—or rescued—from a place as daunting as Africa, James Gordon Bennett, Jr., the brash American newspaper tycoon, hatched a plan to capitalize on the world’s fascination with the missing legend. He would send a young journalist, Henry Morton Stanley, into Africa to search for Livingstone. A drifter with great ambition, but little success to show for it, Stanley undertook his assignment with gusto, filing reports that would one day captivate readers and dominate the front page of the New York Herald.
Tracing the amazing journeys of Livingstone and Stanley in alternating chapters, author Martin Dugard captures with breathtaking immediacy the perils and challenges these men faced. Woven into the narrative, Dugard tells an equally compelling story of the remarkable transformation that occurred over the course of nine years, as Stanley rose in power and prominence and Livingstone found himself alone and in mortal danger. The first book to draw on modern research and to explore the combination of adventure, politics, and larger-than-life personalities involved, Into Africa is a riveting read.
Victoria. That would at least confirm a portion of Livingstone's source theory. It was agreed. They departed from Ujiji on November 16 in a long dugout canoe paddled by twenty of Stanley's men. The canoe was crafted from a mvule tree so wide that the paddlers could sit by side. Fair weather made the journey pleasant. Stanley and Livingstone passed the hours in conversation as the canoe glided over the dark-green waters of Tanganyika. Hippos sported around the boat, coming up for air and
Stanley and the Herald would be forever linked with “the names of Burton and Speke and Grant, and of Baker and Burton and Livingstone,” then went on to conclude that Britain was “too slow and too penurious” to find their missing explorer. Other American papers took up the cause. On December 27, 1871, the Buffalo Express called Stanley's expedition “the most extraordinary newspaper enterprise ever dreamed of.” Bennett then twisted the lion's tail even harder, puckishly sending a second New York
endowments to continue his explorations. There was something miraculous in the son of a poor tea merchant making nations tremble. Livingstone reveled in the power, even as his life became more and more complex. The cloak of quiet Christian missionary had been cast off once and for all, and he spoke with the zeal of a man demanding to be heard. Livingstone resigned from the London Missionary Society to focus his work exclusively on ending the slave trade through his “three C's”—Christianity,
London in the late 1840s, Murchison took note. They finally met in 1856, when Livingstone returned to London after sixteen years away. Their friendship blossomed. When Livingstone was mobbed in the streets and even churches of London because of his bold walk across Africa, it was due to Murchison's organizing a massive public relations campaign. When Livingstone received the Society's gold medal for excellence in exploration, it was Murchison presenting. And when a middle-aged Livingstone needed
competing against the slave caravans and the tribal telegraph. He couldn't let word of his arrival precede him. Livingstone was likely to run in the other direction. And since Stanley's great commission was to pursue Livingstone until he found him, the game of cat and mouse could go on for years. Stanley cherished the secret more than ever as he began his first bits of shopping for supplies in the bazaars and markets, eliciting scores of questions from traders eager to know where the white man