Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure

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Faber & Faber, Sep 13, 2011 - Travel - 528 pages

Between 1856 and 1876, five explorers, all British, took on the seemingly impossible task of discovering the source of the White Nile. Showing exceptional courage and extraordinary resilience, Richard Burton, John Hanning Speke, Samuel Baker, David Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley risked their lives and their reputations in the name of this quest. They journeyed through East and Central Africa into unmapped territory, discovered the great lakesTanganyika and Victoria, navigated the upper Nile and the Congo, and suffered the ravages of flesh-eating ulcers, malaria and deep spear wounds. Using new research, Tim Jeal tells the story of these great expeditions, while also examining the tragic consequences which the Nile search has had on Uganda and Sudan to this day.

Explorers of the Nile is a gripping adventure story with an arresting analysis of Britain's imperial past and the Scramble for Africa.

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The Nile River might have been one of the cradles of early civilization, but the source of that great river remained a mystery until the Victorian Era. As scientific exploration all around the planet ... Read full review

Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure

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Having authored biographies of individual explorers, e.g., Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer, Jeal now presents an overall account of the Victorian-era struggle to locate the ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Tim Jeal is the author of acclaimed biographies of Livingstone and Baden-Powell. His memoir, Swimming with My Father, was shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley Prize for Autobiography. His biography of Henry Morton Stanley, Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer, was published in 2007 and was named Sunday Times Biography of the Year.

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