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The Strong Brown God: The Story of the Niger River
This is the true story of a handful of obsessed explorers who fought man and nature to find and open the mighty, mysterious Niger River. "A magnificent book", raved the San Francisco Examiner when the book was first published in 1976. Pulitzer Prize-winner Sanche de Gramont has written an epic history with a racing pulse.16-page black-and-white insert and maps.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 13th 1991 by Mariner Books
(first published January 1st 1975)
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Much better than I thought it would be..since its history and I usually struggle w/ history books. But..it was actually quite fascinating, both because it was about a place I myself had been struggling to survive in as a naive white person for two years..and also because I knew I was going to check out the Niger myself after reading it. Good book. Pretty well written. Definitely a good read if you want some more insight into the colinisation of West Africa.