Originally Posted by Stoo
Thanks for the head-up, Sabby, my friend!
Now if only someone could find the pages that Stanley ripped out of his own diary!
Glad you found it worthwhile, Stoo! I, also, wouldn't mind reading those missing pages from H.M. Stanley's diary, but if Tim Jeal didn't find it for his masterful biography of Henry Morton Stanley
, I don't think they've survived.
I think I've mentioned this before, but if you haven't taken the time to check out the first chapter, do so. You can read it courtesy of The New York Times here
If you have taken the time to read it, his latest just recently came out. Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure
details the twenty year period during the middle of the 19th Century when finding the headwaters of the Nile was the proverbial feather in the cap. Jeal tells the story through the interlocking stories of Livingstone, Richard Burton, John Hanning Speke, James Grant, Samuel Baker and Henry Morton Stanley.
Reviews can be found here
, and here
Faber & Faber have an audio excerpt available here
Yale University Press, Jeal's American publisher, has a much better selection of excerpts and samples available on their site
Direct link to Jeal's essay can he found here
, and a chapter except (note: .pdf file) can be read here
To tie all of this back into the original thought, Jeal surmises that had the Arab-Swahili slave trade continue to dominate the continent, Darfur is a good example of what relations might look like today.