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Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  5,031 ratings  ·  400 reviews
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 ad ...more
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by Broadway Books (first published December 20th 2002)
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Apr 23, 2009 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
Jay Schutt
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This extensively researched adventure tale was an excellent story. The events took place in the late 1860's and early 1870's in Central Africa. Overcoming constant hardships and dire situations, Henry Stanley searched for the missing Dr. David Livingstone who was on a mission to locate the source of the Nile River. This was during the age of exploration and was quite a story in its time. The scene bounced back and forth between Stanley, Livingstone and other players in the events that took place ...more
When Stanley met Livingstone.
Stanley stepped crisply toward the old man, removed his helmet, and extended his hand …. They wordlessly shook hands, each man appraising the other. Livingstone didn’t know who the young man was, or what he might want. The Arabs and citizens of Uijii crowded around.

Stanley’s heart was beating furiously, and he was striving desperately to say exactly the right thing to such a distinguished gentleman ….

With formal intonation … Stanley spoke the most dignified words tha
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting story filled with the gory details of everything Western adventurers and explorers went through in the 1800s. The arrogance of the time period shows through in astounding ways.
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
Ich bin letztes Jahr von München nach Venedig gelaufen und diesen Sommer 700 km über die Alpen vom Genfer See bis ans Mittelmeer gewandert. Ich dachte, dass sei krass aber neben den Expeditionen von Stanley und Livingstone wirken meine Wanderungen wie eine Sightseeing-Tour auf dem Segway.

Wirklich unglaublich, was die beiden in ihren verhältnismäßig kurzen Leben alles erlebt haben. Ich war mit der Stanley-Livingstone Story nicht wirklich vertraut aber bin ein Fan von Expeditionen. So ist dieses
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
Otis Chandler
Apr 24, 2008 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 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.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is impeccably researched and very well written; however, I had to fight every step of the way to finish it, and had a a constant inner moral dilemma with honoring it by reading it at all. I feel so strongly opposed to the explorations of the past that led to the reckless, brutal, and unforgivable colonization and exploitation of the African people, resources, and land that I have an overwhelming physical reaction and anger that wells up in my heart whenever I read about it or relearn i ...more
Rex Fuller
Feb 02, 2016 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
Jun 19, 2012 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
Nancy Kennedy
Feb 03, 2012 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
TheAccidental  Reader
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
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I knew that Stanley found Livingstone, and people are familiar with Stanley's famous quote, "Doctor Livingstone, I presume? I didn't know much about the search and encounter or about either man. Had seen the old drawing representing their meeting. I still fail to understand why the search for the source of the Nile was of such paramount importance for the Royal Geographic Society, and after reading the book still don't know why it was a priority. The true source may not have been found until a c ...more
Oct 01, 2008 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
Paulo A. Reimann
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing

A page turner non stop amazing read. Whoever loves expeditions, Africa, conquistadorish style books, this is a must. Would re read it right now.
If the continents were graduating high school and were given superlatives, Africa would be voted continent most likely to kill you.

Africa--at least central Africa of the mid-19th century--was a serial killer. Malaria, elephantiasis, sleeping sickness, and small pox all roamed the jungles and plains. If you were lucky enough to escape these delights, there were also lions, leopards, crocodiles, poisonous spiders, and God in heaven, hordes of carnivorous ants. AND if you were lucky enough to surv
Tanya Allen
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew almost nothing about the exploration of Africa other than the famous quote "Dr Livingstone I presume?" So I found this description of the various journeys into the heart of Africa novel and fascinating. It is truly amazing to think of the fortitude required of these explorers to navigate virtually uncharted land in the most extreme elements of nature. There's also a lesson in leadership here - how respect and shared goals creates loyalty, and how condescension breeds dissension.

I'm glad
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the mid-1800s, David Livingstone set off across Africa looking for the source of the Nile and didn’t come out for years. Henry Morton Stanley, funded by James Gordon Bennett, Jr., of the New York Herald, followed, and with the words, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” succeeded in finding the famous explorer. Into Africa tells the stories of both Stanley and Livingstone, focusing on Stanley’s quest. I found it to be very well written and covered everything in detail. I recommend it to adults inter ...more
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Raced thru it in less than 2 weeks. It kept my interest and finally made sense out of that iconic achievement. The world during this adventure was so different than now, and that was always playing on my mind. The distances, the lack of communication, the clothing worn, the food eaten, the ideas people had about Africa, and so much information on Arab Slave traders at the time. It was fascinating in all respects.
Josh Ritchie
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite the adventure
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story, but poor delivery. The story line jumped around quite a bit and was long and drawn out.
Char Lee  Sea
What I found most interesting was just the window into the western cultures in the 1860s. The posh upper class Londoners who attended the Geographical Society parties. Of course, the hardships faced by Stanley and Livingstone traveling across Africa were extremely brutal. Seems they both were just lucky to survive. Bennet, the eccentric owner of the New York Herald who is also a fascinating psychopath sent Stanley to find Livingston just to make headlines. He is also a prominent character in "Ki ...more
Mike Wigal
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing what people went through to explore Africa back in the day. Much easier now, but no glory.
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, victoria
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
Cyndi Behning Barber
I loved this book! It reads like a novel. It’s very well written and kept me on the edge of my seat. I felt like I was experiencing the adventure with the explorers.
Todd Martin
Nov 10, 2016 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
Stan Hampton
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Welcome to the Jungle

Always been interested in exploration,especially in Africa. Great stories in this book about African exploration. But most of it boiled down to two very brave men that spent a lot of time nursing tropical diseases instead of wild, Indiana Jones adventures
Sep 09, 2010 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
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