Title Dark Safari; the Life Behind the Legend of Henry Morton Stanley
Book Condition Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket
Edition Stated First Edition
Publisher New York Knopf 1990
039422180X / 9780394221809
Seller ID 12634
Front flap creased, slight edge wear to book & DJ ; DJ in Mylar, unclipped, bright, solid book ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 401 pages; A savagely deprived childhood rendered John Rowlands something of an emotional cripple, yet this unloved illegitimate son of a housemaid became Sir Henry Morton Stanley, the celebrated African explorer. Evasion, suppression and falsification were his defenses against the abandonment, rejection and betrayal that haunted his life--and it is the reality behind these Walter Mitty-like defenses that is the subject of this stimulating, well-documented biography. Until he "discovered" Livingstone in 1871, Stanley was essentially a ruthless, driven reporter on the trail of a scoop, but after their meeting he became a searcher for rivers and mountains, lakes and deserts, in a quest for self-esteem. This is an epic tale of epic journeys by a swaggering little man who, at his worst, writes Bierman, was "a bully, a braggart, a hypocrite and a liar" and at his best was "steadfast, brave, enduring, resourceful, and an inspired leader."
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