New York: Henry Holt & Co, 1957. First Edition. Octavo in blue boards with photo illustrated dust jacket. VG/VG. "Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?" With these words Henry M. Stanley assured his fame as an explorer and made his name known all over the world. But Stanley's meeting with the elderly missionary in the heart of Africa was neither the first nor the last nor the most important adventure of his life. He founded the Congo Free State, discovered the true source of the Nile, traced the mysterious Congo River from the heart of Africa to its mouth, and marched through the world's greatest rain forest to rescue a lone European survivor from the slavery of a fanatic Mahdi. Stanley's hunger for excitement was insatiable, his physical courage indomitable. Before finding Livingstone he reported the Indian wars for a city newspaper, led an expedition to Turkey, was twice shipwrecked, went on a primitive mission to Abyssinia, and lived through a revolution in Spain. His whirlwind existence produced a wake of contradictions. He fought on both sides of the American Civil War, but he was not an American; he was knighted by Queen Victoria and served as a Member of Parliament, but he was not an Englishman; he built an empire for the King of Belgium, but he was not Belgian. In fact his name was not even Stanley and, despite his reckless bravery, he met most crises by running away. From research in personal journals and letters, and with the help of Stanley's descendants, author Byron Farwell has discovered the complex motivations that drove the homeless, friendless boy into a life of determined action. 334 pages, with index, maps and photos. Dupont. (Inventory #: 9-34-1264660)
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