Dark Safari; the Life Behind the Legend of Henry Morton Stanley

By: Bierman, John

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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."

Title: Dark Safari; the Life Behind the Legend of Henry Morton Stanley

Author Name: Bierman, John

Categories: Exploration, Biographies & Memoirs,

Edition: Stated First Edition

Publisher: New York, Knopf: 1990

ISBN Number: 039422180X

ISBN Number 13: 9780394221809

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket

Seller ID: 12634

Keywords: Africa livingstone Exploration