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Dark Safari: The Life Behind the Legend of Henry Morton Stanley

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  53 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
An exploration of the darkest heart of the man who greeted the explorer David Livingstone with the phrase, Dr. Livingstone, I presume? John Bierman, with the help of the newly discovered Stanley letters, leads readers into the interior of both the man and the Africa he tamed.
Hardcover, 401 pages
Published November 14th 1990 by Knopf
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Dec 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography-memoir
John Bierman, reports Stanley was a consummate liar and that Stanley's autobiography is filled with perversions of reality. Stanley says he found himself in America after deserting England via ship. He was conned into the Confederate army by a southern belle who promised eternal love (Stanley says.) Nonsense, reports Bierman. This was another part of the myth. There is evidence he fought at Shiloh, where he was captured by Union troops, and interned near Chicago. He volunteered to change sides, ...more
Mar 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: africa
This is an interesting and readable biography of a major figure in the European exploration and colonization of Africa. The author is more kind to Stanley than some;since Bierman adamantly agrees that Stanley was a habitual, probably pathological liar, it seems a little questionable to readily accept Stanley's reports of his behaviour and motives some of the time, when we know they aren't true most of the time. But overall, lively and accurate writing, backed up by good research with documentati ...more
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
I just started reading this biography of a complicted man and his adventuresome and fictious life
as the African explorer who went in search of Dr. Livingston..not that the man was lost.

I hate the way the author has written this book! Everything thing he says about STanley (not his real name) is torn apart on a personal level. He makes him out to be a ambitous liar, a thief, a sadistic murderer, a media hound and woman hater. Maybe he was? I'd like to read another version of Stanley' biography.
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Bierman's biography of Henry Morton Stanley goes beyond the obligatory, "Doctor Livingstone, I presume". He gives us a pretty decent insight into the 'man' who was the epitome of the Victorian explorer, eclipsing even the likes of Burton, Speke and Carter. A good bit of the book dels with his activities in the Congo on behalf of King Leopold II - a portion of his life that often receives short shrift. Not a great deal of new information, but what is there is well done.
Mar 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Well-told and highly educational retelling of an amazing life. I felt that the author was fair in his assessments, criticizing Stanley when merited while acknowledging his positive attributes. The writing is not at all dry and even induces laughs on occasion. Unfortunately, however, Stanley's final African expedition seemed interminable, so my interest flagged a bit toward the end of the book.
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Haven't read an adult biography in a long time, but this one caught my eye when returned awhile back. Very glad I read it as I learned so much about Henry Morton Stanley and the early exploration AND exploitation of Africa during the 1800's.
Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: biographies
Good attention to details and an interesting journey through Stanley's papers and expeditions make this book one of those I enjoyed reading about a long already extinct era.
May 15, 2010 rated it liked it
well of course stanly was a pathological liar with an inferiority complex. Im glad someone came out with it.
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John David Bierman, journalist and author, born January 26 1929; died January 4 2006

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