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Into Africa: The Dramatic Retelling of the Stanley-Livingston Story

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  3,677 Ratings  ·  301 Reviews
'Into Africa' traces the journeys of Livingstone and Stanley - Livingstone's search for the Nile's source, leaving him alone, far from civilization; and Stanley's search for Livingstone, which sees his awakening to the beauty of Africa. This book is a fascinating window on the golden age of exploration.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 2004 by Bantam (first published December 20th 2002)
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Jun 12, 2009 Trevor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
After a while I stopped noticing how badly written this book was and just went with the flow of the story. Sometimes this was very difficult, as there were lots and lots of adverbs and no noun seemed to ever be deprived of an adjective. No one ever went into a town: rather they rushed or scampered or sauntered or something equally silly. Clearly the writer must have had to read lots and lots of Victorian English to put this book together and this told in his style. Worst of all was the hyperbol ...more
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
A surprisingly readable book about everything that led up to the famous "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?". I think it's very easy to get the impression that Stanley somehow managed to stumble across Livingstone in the middle of the African jungle and that it's this enormous miracle, but really? Livingstone was just hanging out in a fairly significant African village, one where he was expected to be at some stage because he had supplies waiting there for him.

This doesn't in any way lessen the fact t
Otis Chandler
Jul 22, 2008 Otis Chandler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Otis by:
"Dr Livingstone, I presume!"

That phrase was buried in my mind somewhere. It was familiar, yet I knew not how nor who this Livingstone person was. This book explained it, and was very entertaining in the process. Highly recommended if you ever travel to East Africa.

A friend recently wrote an interesting piece about how the types of creative people that rise to be famous have changed over the years. Livingstone was an explorer in the mid-1800's, and was a Michael Jordan of England. He explored muc
Feb 25, 2015 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So what I knew about Stanley and Livington was, apparently, nothing. What an incredible story 'Into Africa' was/is!!! I loved reading about the exploration of Africa, but I loved more the background into the lives of these amazing men. Hard lives, hard living, and a tad hard to read, but persevere and you'll be glad you did.
Rex Fuller
Feb 13, 2016 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For years I vaguely assumed that Stanley’s effort to find Livingstone was a more or less straightforward trek into the African savannah. Anyone with the money could have done it. No big deal. Thousands and thousands of Americans were doing pretty much the same thing going west in this country at that time. Well!

Malaria and dysentery, both of which Stanley suffered repeatedly and severely. Mutinies and desertions by the porters. Deaths of porters and pack animals from all manner of causes. Extort
Jenny Brown
This book was filled with small errors of fact that shook my confidence in the author's knowledge of the period. The author talks about how Ed Fisk attempted to corner the gold market. It was Jim Fisk. And the explorer wears a "balaclava helmet" in his African camp, which is unlikely since a balaclava is a ski mask. There were odd statements made in passing like one about Queen Victoria's botched coronation, and no attempt to explain the media climate in which Stanley's quest took place.

Those e
Jun 19, 2012 Brenton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here is a very engaging narrative tracing the routes of Livingstone and Stanley to their famous meeting in Africa. I'd give it five stars as a good historical narrative. However, I'm not completely resigned (though sympathetic) to the author's downplaying of Livingstone's missionary career. Dugard emphasized Livigstone as a celebrity explorer--and that he was as witnessed by his elaborate funeral. He also emphasized Livingstone's abolitionist efforts.

Stanley is an elaborate character, curmudgeo
TheAccidental  Reader
Oct 02, 2015 TheAccidental Reader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
I read this book in preparation for a trip to Africa. I did not quite finish before I left, and read a little more while there. The book was so chock full of fascinating history and details about nature, that I was inspired to keep on reading after my return home. Coincidentally, it was while I was in Zimbabwe, AT Victoria Falls, that I happened to be taking a reading break one morning. My friends were on a little jaunt to Devil's Island, where you can sit in the water, overlooking the towering ...more
Apr 29, 2016 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This is one of those books I picked up knowing absolutely nothing about--other than the eternally famous "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" It's still reporter rescues lost explorer, but this author is pretty good at showing just WHY that phrase became so famous. Dr. Livingstone was surprisingly a really nice guy, even though he had a lot in common with his fellow Victorian explorers. He was still manic about wandering into the jungle like Percy Fawcett, but I think Livingstone's disgust and horror i ...more
Sep 09, 2010 Natalie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Natalie by: B McNagny
I'd give this book a 3.5 if I could but would hesitate to go higher because my memory of the book doesn't give me enough mental ammunition to have a meaninful conversation about the relationship between Richard Francis Burton(19 March 1821 – 20 October 1890) and David Livingstone (19 March 1813–1 May 1873) . I had a coversation about them earlier this summer (2010) during which we wondered about Burton and Livingstone and whether and how often they met in person?

Livingstone was in Africa betwee
Apr 15, 2010 Pbwritr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, travel
Until I read this book, I had presumed that Stanley and Livingstone were friends, and that that was why Stanley went to find Livingstone. Perhaps one of the other most amazing things I learned was that deepest Africa, in the inner continent, was a place that terrified most coastal Africans and they stayed away from it. They did not have the skills to survive in the jungle, for the most part, and accompanied expeditions primarily as porters. In another interesting sidelight, I learned that Arab s ...more
Nancy Kennedy
Feb 03, 2012 Nancy Kennedy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Dr. Livingstone, I presume." Of course, we all know this famous line from the story of New York Herald reporter Henry Stanley, who was sent out to find the missing African missionary and explorer David Livingstone.

If you read this book carefully, you'll find that Stanley may or may not have actually said these words. And, if you read the New Yorker review of this book (June 2, 2003), you'll find that some of the incidents recounted in this book are probably based on Stanley's highly embellished
Natalie Wickham
Mr. Dugard is a masterful storyteller and artfully weaves the lives of Dr. David Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley into this captivating book. I could hardly put it down as I read the exciting adventures in each of these men’s lives and anticipated the narrowing gap between them (documented as a sort of countdown in miles at the beginning of each chapter) until the day their paths finally crossed. It is fascinating to gain a deeper understanding of what was going on in the world through the e ...more
Shari Sweeney
Being a history junkie -- and particularly interested in early exploration -- I devoured this story of Livingstone and Stanley's separate and, briefly, combined adventures in 19th century Africa. That anyone would willingly undertake such journeys -- debilitating illness, warring tribes, slave caravans, epic weather, wild animals, almost certain death -- is unbelievable, and Dugard does a good job explaining the preparations, delays, and changes of course that plagued both parties. He adds nice ...more
Michael Flanagan
Into Africa tells the story of Dr Livingstone and the search for him which leads to Stanley's immortal line "Dr Livingstone I Presume". The story also is a look at what the world was like in the Golden Age of Exploration and the fame that was placed on those exploring.

Like many my knowledge of Stanley & Livingstone was very basic, one got lost and the other found him somewhere in Africa. While this is the very basic premise of the tale as always the real story is in the details. While the st
Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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What I Learnt From This Book:

1 - Stanley's vigil in Aden was a study in self-improvement; he read what he thought a well read man should read to cover up for his lack of education and vowed to give up tobacco etc; he pledged that he would be a better person and try to fit in. There is no route quicker to the fracturing of a personality than this self-administerment of la contraire and IMHO explains a lot of what we subsequently know of the man.

Didn't he serve on both sides during
i am grateful i read this book. i really knew nothing about Livingstone. this is a book tha made me more informed and slightly more intelligent. a nice balance from other books i enjoy that do the opposite. i try to keep a good balance of the two :)
its a little slow but seems really accurate. there are a lot of players involved but the author helps you keep track of them pretty well. if this subject interests you at all, would definitely recommend.
Fantastic! Loved the book, loved the narrator.
Todd Martin
Nov 10, 2016 Todd Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, travel, biography
"Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
- Henry Morton Stanley

In January of 1866 noted explorer of Africa, Dr. David Livingstone, set out from Zanzibar to find the source of the Nile river. He was 53 at the time and saw this as the capstone to a long adventurous career and also as a means to generate retirement income for himself and his family. His porters deserted him, he suffered illness, infection, ulcers and threats of starvation, he had unpleasant encounters with hostile natives and insects, and near
Dec 21, 2016 Adena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Dr. Livingston, I presume?" We've all heard the phrase. This story gives the entire history leading up to those epic words. It covers Dr. Livingston's adventures in Africa, and Henry Stanley's journey to find him. But it is more than just that--it is a travelogue that recounts the adventure, trial, beauty, and suffering of Africa and those who attempted to map and explore her lands. It is a fascinating history of the tribes, slave trades, and contending nations in the country itself. Plenty of ...more
Nov 18, 2016 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a exciting and very well researched book. I love adventure stories, particularly true ones, so I was riveted from start to finish. All I can say is whoever wanted to explore the Africa interior in this era, or probably any era, had to be either incredibly brave or incredibly nuts. Most likely both.
Jan 06, 2017 Doug rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting to learn the story of Livingstone and Stanley. It was a bit of a slog to get through. Real insight into British/American attitudes of the time.
Dec 27, 2016 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Aside from feeling exceedingly sorry for Livingstone, what with all the dysentery described, this book is, alas, rather dull. (NB: John Lee's American accent is profoundly irritating.)
Paulo Reimann
Dec 31, 2016 Paulo Reimann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A page turner non stop amazing read. Whoever loves expeditions, Africa, conquistadorish style books, this is a must. Would re read it right now.
Oct 25, 2016 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book on David Livingstone and Stanley on the epic adventures to find the source of the Nile River
Legacy Dad
Oct 31, 2016 Legacy Dad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing true story of adventure, exploration, British colonialism, and getting lost in the Heart of Darkness.
Nov 04, 2016 Marc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book
Bernie Gourley
Jun 13, 2016 Bernie Gourley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in what it was like to be an explorer in Africa in the 19th century.
“Doctor Livingstone, I presume?” These iconic words are culturally embedded in the psyche of Americans (and, I assume, the British as well), but I had only a vague understanding of their meaning before reading Dugard’s account of the two expeditions that would bring the phrase into household immortality—the first of which was Dr. David Livingstone’s search to once-and-for-all find the source of the Nile and the other was Henry Stanley’s search to discover whether Livingstone was still alive.

Jan 02, 2014 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book traces Dr. Livingstone's last voyage and Stanley's successful trip into the heart of Africa to find him. The book alternates between Dr. Livingstone's position and that of Stanley, with the occasional side bar into Victorian England or the USA. Every chapter starts with a clear indication of what time period is being discussed and how much distance there is between Livingstone and Stanley. That simple technique makes the alternating chapters easy to follow, and makes the tension in the ...more
Last Ranger
Jun 01, 2013 Last Ranger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The Mountains Of The Moon.

The mid 19th century was a time of exploration, when men and women sought knowledge, danger, fame and fortune in the dark corners of the world. Africa, the dark continent, was one of those corners because its interior was largely unexplored. One of the most sought after mysteries of all was the unknown source of the longest river in the world: the Nile. While David Livingstone was not the first man to seek "The Four Fountains Of Herodotus" he was certainly the most famo
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New York Times bestselling author Martin Dugard is the co-author of Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy and Killing Jesus, written with noted television personality Bill O'Reilly. To date, there are more than seven million copies of these books in print.
Mr. Dugard is also the author of the critically lauded memoir To Be A Runner (Rodale, 2011), a series of essays which takes the reader around the wo
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