Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone
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Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

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Describes the disappearance of explorer Dr. David Livingstone while searching for the source of the Nile River, journalist Henry Morton Stanley's search for him, and the individual journeys of the two men through uncharted Africa...Title: .Into Africa..Author: .Dugard, Martin..Publisher: .Random House Inc..Publication Date: .2004/04/01..Number of Pages: .352..Binding Type:...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 13th 2004 by Broadway Books (first published December 20th 2002)
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Trevor
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
Otis Chandler
Jul 22, 2008 Otis Chandler rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Otis by: http://safarizanj.blogspot.com/
"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...more
Brenton
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...more
Pbwritr
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
Alyson Farmer
This book caught my eye when browsing on Amazon (a very favorite pastime). I was able to get it from the local library and I learned a lot. I believe my only knowledge of this story was the line, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume." I am a bit more educated now!

This book was very dense and took me a week to get through. Though not the kind of book that I couldn't put down, I thought the author did a good job of leaving cliff hangers that kept you coming back to find out what would happen. This book is...more
Andrew
I've read through 100 pages and I am thoroughly unimpressed with the writing. Perhaps I am not far enough in (1/3) to have been snagged by whatever Dugard is setting up, but I feel like I am getting yanked over all of delicious stories that I came into the book looking for, and I'm getting yanked by a poor writing style to boot.
To be honest, the writing style reminds me of my own writing style, and how bad it can become sometimes. It's not really that the sentences are put together poorly, it's...more
Ann
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
Amerynth
Martin Dugard's "Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone" tells the story behind what is arguably one of the most well-known quotes from an explorer: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume? (perhaps only outdone by Edmund Hilary's "Because it is there.")

The book gives a good overview of Dr. David Livingstone's efforts to find the source of the Nile and Henry Morton Stanley's efforts to find Livingstone. I've read Stanley's book on his exploration of Africa (which came after finding Livi...more
Margaret
I learned so much! I was surprised at every chapter. The author did a great job of building the story and releasing 'pearls of surprise' in each chapter! 'Stanley and Livingstone' is a household word, yet I knew very little when I started reading. The author writes with the authority of a historian and details the most important and trivial episodes in the adventures with the same multiple adjectives. The bios of the 2 main characters were the least of the book. Stanley - perseverence; Livingsto...more
Natalie
Sep 09, 2010 Natalie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
R_
The question that I kept thinking of as I read this book was, "Why would ANYONE in the 19th century have wanted to explore Africa?" It was full of so many horrible ways to die: disease, parasites, carniverous animals, killer storms & weather, warring tribes, cannibals, etc. etc. And this was before the development or discovery of antibiotics, automatic weapons, air travel, internal combustion! It's amazing what explorers like David Livingstone accomplished -- & lived to tell about! It's...more
Michael
Two stars may seem ungenerous, but supposedly that means "it's OK," which feels about right for this one, in the end.

I went to Uganda with another person who told me that she had recently read this book and gotten a lot out of out for background. Thus thinking this would give me some background on a country I had visited (and may visit again) I read it - but I'm at a loss as to how this provides much useful background, other than the epilogue that briefly describes the colonialism that followed...more
Regan
I don't read a lot of non-fiction, but do like the occasional history or travel memoir. This is an extraordinary combination of both. Dugard does a great job of piecing together the various stories of several explorers and how they all led to that one famous moment when Stanley meets Livingstone.

Instead of a story just tracing a long walk around Africa, he sets it all in context of what was happening on the world stage and helps the reader understand how explorers and scientists were part of the...more
Nancy Kennedy
"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...more
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...more
Ray
There are many excellent rescue / adventure books available. Some I enjoyed include "In the Heart of the Sea", about the whaleship Essex by Nathanial Philbrick;
"The Endurance", by Caroline Alexander, about Shackleton's rescue from the Antartic; "Into Thin Air", by Jon Krakaur, about a disastrous expedition to Mt. Everest; or "Miracle in the Andes", by Nando Parrado about a plane crash in the Andes and subsequent rescue. The common theme in all those is that some misfortune befell the travellers...more
Marco Caetano
"Doutor Livingstone, presumo?"

Esta é uma das frases mais célebres da história e foi proferida por Henry Morton Stanley, no momento em que finalmente encontrou o Dr. David Livingstone, que se encontrava desamparado no centro de África.

Livingstone, um dos maiores, senão o maior explorador do continente africano do séc. XIX, decidiu fazer mais uma viagem a África, com o intuito desta feita, de descobrir a localização exacta da nascente do Nilo. Porém nem tudo correu como planeado.

A sua nação, Ingla...more
Michael
Good history should read like fiction and this book certainly does. At center are the two main characters: Livingstone, the epic explorer missionary who, through traversing the African continent, rose from humble beginnings to become the most famous person in England besides the queen a fellow of the aristocratic Royal Geographical Society, and who gets swallowed up by Africa while attemping to find the source of the Nile, and Stanley, the "American" ne'er do well who as a journalist for the New...more
David Lott
Everyone knows the saying “Dr. Livingston I presume,” but does anyone know the background to this story? Who is this Dr. Livingston? Why was he in Africa? Why was Stanley looking for him?

Well this book gives all the answers to those questions with a fictionalized account of the story of Stanley and Livingston using their actual journal entries as the structure to tell this fascinating story.

After reading this book I’m convinced that I never want to visit Africa. Throughout the whole book it seem...more
Last Ranger

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...more
Peter Fortune
In 1866 The British explorer and missionary David Livingston disappears into central Africa in a search for the source of the Nile River, determined not to return until he has the enswer. After a five-year absence, rumors of his death are circulating and the Royal Geographical Society sends missions to find him. Missions are launched but the leaders prefer the comforts of African cities to the threats from the interior--cannibals, tribal wars, disease and death are abundant.

James Gordon Bennett...more
Liz
Non-fictional account of Livingtone & Stanley's expeditions. Livingtone's expedition to file the source of the Nile and Stanley's story about finding "Dr Livingstone I presume?" and then a quick wrap up of their Nile expedition together through the end of their lives. Very interesting and based on their writings so very factual. The author did a good job of putting it into context with other events happening at that time in history too. I enjoyed this book.
Mike (the Paladin)
Boy, I really wanted to like this book, I really, really did...but I couldn't. There was such a lot of potential, such a great story (that's already told) such a great idea, yet...it didn't turn out so great.

Like many in my generation (and a couple of generations before mine) who read early of the exploration of Africa, of Burton, Speke, Livingston, Stanley, and others. This could have gone a couple of ways, condemning the "evil colonials" and coming down on previous works. Or it could have been...more
Andrew
Easy to read, quick account of Stanley' search for Dr. David Livingstone in the heart of Africa. I liked how the author ran parallel chapters alternating focusing on Stanley and Livingstone so you could sense where each was at a particular point in time. Although, at times, this book seems to play down what a horrible man Stanley could be, it was generally a fair account. Perhaps the most interesting parts for my money were the tales "outside of Africa" that involved the politics of the search f...more
Jen
Catching up on my history. I knew Stanley had gone in search of Dr. Livingstone, the famous British explorer who had gone missing in Africa, but I didn't know that Stanley was a reporter trying to get the scoop of the century for a New York newspaper. Even though I was waiting to get to the utterance of the famous line, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" (which may or may not have been uttered in reality), the author still managed to build up the suspense. Dugard also gave seemingly full character po...more
Natalie Wickham
Mr. Dugard is a masterful storyteller and artfully weaves the lives of Dr. David Livingstone and Hemry 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
Bill Varon
decent adventure book but moreover it is a really good history book. we all remember bits and pieces of the stanley and livingstone story from elementary school and junior high (or as the kids call it these days, "middle school"). But this book offers a lot more meat and background behind their expeditions, why they risked venturing into the darkest parts of africa, and all the obstacles they fought through along the way. what struck me was the ways in which a group of people can treat other hum...more
Dan
In 1866, celebrated English explorer David Livingstone set out from Zanzibar to explore uncharted regions of the African continent with the intention of finding the source of the Nile, but promptly disappeared. Riding the publicity, The New York Herald hired then-unknown American reporter and Civil War veteran Henry Morton Stanley to lead an expedition to locate the famed adventurer. Dugard's storytelling makes Into Africa read like the most outlandish adventure novel, complete with lion attacks...more
Matthew
This book was a pleasant surprise. It does delve into the psychology of each man --David Livingstone as pious missionary and geographer (who had an eye for the beauty of the non-Victorian African women he meets) and Henry Morton Stanley as a true up by his bootstraps man through a formula of one part muscular Christian and two parts Horatio Alger story-- but for the most part it does not try to be much more than an adventurous retelling of Stanley’s efforts to find Livingstone. The book provided...more
Matt
I was in the mood to reacquaint myself with the story of Livingstone and Stanley, so I picked up this book thinking it would do the trick. It did, but just barely-- I think it's a case of the anxiety of influence and there being too many books already telling the story, but this one's kind of a mess-- lots of jumping around, mostly between the two leads but in their stories, also jumping some in time to before the expedition, plus little sections on many of the side characters in the story-- Kir...more
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