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Stanley: Africa's Greatest Explorer [Kindle Edition]

Tim Jeal
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"'Superb... Tim Jeal's absorbing biography will surely be definitive.' Sunday Telegraph"

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Henry Morton Stanley was a cruel imperialist - a bad man of Africa. Or so we think: but as Tim Jeal brilliantly shows, the reality of Stanley's life is yet more extraordinary. Few people know of his dazzling trans-Africa journey, a heart-breaking epic of human endurance which solved virtually every one of the continent's remaining geographical puzzles. With new documentary evidence, Jeal explores the very nature of exploration and reappraises a reputation, in a way that is both moving and truly majestic.

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Von H. Krausse VINE-PRODUKTTESTER
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Das Leben Stanleys liest sich wie ein Roman: Als illegitimes Kind von seiner Mutter ins Arbeitshaus abgeschoben, als junger Mann am amerikanischen Bürgerkrieg teilgenommen – auf beiden Seiten - und mehrere große Expeditionen in Afrika angeführt (u.a. auf der Suche nach dem verschollenen Dr. Livingston und nach Emin Pascha, einem schillernden deutschen Abenteurer in britischen Diensten), schließlich Mitglied des britischen Parlaments.

Welche Leistungen Stanley bei seinen Reisen vollbrachte, kann man heute kaum ermessen. Ohne wirksame Medikamente in unbekanntem Terrain, feindseligen Stämmen und Sklavenhändlern ausgeliefert, oft dem Hungertod nah, immer wieder schwere Krankheiten, Desertionen, Todesfälle jeden Tag. Gegen Henry Morton Stanley ist Indiana Jones ein Bürohengst.

Unter solchen Rahmenbedingungen ein paar Hundert Leute durchzubringen, bedurfte großer Entschlossenheit und zuweilen einer harten Hand, was Stanley von seinen zahlreichen Gegnern angekreidet wurde und sein Bild bis vor kurzem prägte. Schlimmer noch, lastete man ihm eine Mitverantwortung an den im Namen des belgischen Königs Leopold geschehenen Greueln im Kongo an, in dessen Diensten er (lange vor den jenen Geschehnissen) stand. Dieses Bild überzeugend und umfassend zu revidieren ist das besondere Verdienst dieser Biographie. Erstmals wurde hierfür das Archiv im Museum von Tervuren, Belgien, ausgewertet wurde, an das Stanleys Familie die in ihrem Besitz befindlichen Papiere verkauft hatte.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen einfach interessant 6. Februar 2013
Von Elgin
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Denke jeder kennt den Satz, "Mr. Livingstone, I presume" mit diesem Buch, wird man in die Welt, der wundersamen Viktorianischen Reisenden eingefuehrt. Maenner, die nichts dabei fanden, jahrelange Entbehrungen, Krankheiten und Einsamkeit auf sich zu nehmen, um die Welt zu kartographieren. Wir, die bequem auf der Couch sitzend, mit einem Mausklick andere Laender via Google anfliegen koennen, sollten ob der Leistung dieser Maenner den Hut ziehen. Natuerlich sind diese Menschen nicht nur aus altruismus gesponsort worden, es lag ja auch im Interesse von Geschaeftsleuten und Politikern dass die Wege und Schaetze Afrika's erkundet wurden, nichtsdestotrotz ist die Leistung unter Einsatz von Leib und Leben erbracht worden, interessant ist auch wie Stanley sich (mehr oder weiniger bewusst) vermarktet hat, und versucht hat seine Jugend in aermlichen und verlassenen Umstaenden hinter sich lassend neu zu erfinden.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fesselnde Biographie 17. August 2012
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Ich habe das Buch mit großer Begeisterung gelesen. Es gibt einen sehr guten und fesselnden Einblick in das Leben eines grossen Entdeckers, der als ungeliebtes Kind im Armenhaus aufgewachsen ist und diese Herkunft sein Leben lang zu verbergen suchte.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The tragic-heroic story of a man worthy of admiration. 27. August 2007
Von D. Huston - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This artfully written biography of Henry Morton Stanley, the brave and tireless African explorer best known for finding Livingstone, has important implications for today's pleasure-oriented society, though the reader may not realize it until he has completed the book and read the Afterword. Stanley cannot be understood or fully appreciated outside of the Victorian age in whch he lived, and Tim Jeal does a masterful job of placing him squarely into this context and then telling the adventure story of the century (think of Lewis and Clark multiplied by four). This book could not have been written until now due to the unavailability of many Stanley letters and archives, which were only recently made public and which, by their adsence, have distorted the perceptions of previous biographers. Having this material in hand, the author has now been able to present a more three-dimensional portrait of Stanley showing the depth of his humanity and his great love for Africa and its inhabitants. I became absorbed from the very beginning and found myself anguishing over and over as I read the tragic-heroic tale of Africa's greatest explorer. Thank you Tim Jeal for this excellent read!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Reconsideration 8. Januar 2008
Von Newton Munnow - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The most interesting biographies are those that break new ground, either through new access to information or with new opinion. Jeal's is a good combination of the two, providing a well argued case for why Stanley should be rescued from the same part of history that holds darker characters like Mosely and put on a new pedestal. Ok, so Stanley still won't win any awards for sainthood, but Jeal points out that not even Livingstone was a saint. Saints wouldn't have survived 19th century central Africa. Jeal does a tremendous job of putting his finger on the anxious search for approval that drove Stanley throughout his life and his refusal to ever acknowledge his birth as the bastard son of Wales, raised in a workhouse. Strangely, since Jeal seems so determined to polish Stanley's reputation, he takes poorly aimed shots at those who shared the stage in England. Burton is repeatedly and wrongly dismissed as a racist. Does Jeal stop to ask himself how many racists would have enough respect for other cultures to speak 28 languages or spend years incognito in foreign lands? Despite these unnecessary diversions, this book is well worth the read, as much a physcoanalysis as an adventure.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An epic and inspiring life 12. November 2007
Von S. Green - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Stanley's life is epic in scale and Tim Jeal's moving, page-turning biography gives us the whole amazing story - his abandonment by his parents, his years in a Welsh workhouse, the decade in America that saved him, his journalism, his death-defying and terrifying African journeys, his romantic attachments and his troubled marriage. Stanley's deep personal wounds made him hide his true identity and claim to be American-born for most of his life. He wrote that his "real self" was "darkly encased", but thanks to scores of new documents, Jeal reveals behind the armour a generous-hearted, vulnerable man, who pretended to be the hard man of Africa, and yet solved more of the "Dark Continent's" secrets than any other explorer. An exciting, inspiring and at times agonizing story.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Great and Flawed Explorer 4. Dezember 2007
Von R. Hardy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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"Dr. Livingstone, I presume," was a catchphrase in its time, and it is this phrase that is remembered, if anyone remembers anything about Livingstone or Henry Morton Stanley who coined it. He coined it, but he did not utter it upon discovering David Livingstone in deepest Africa. In fact, Stanley lied about the phrase, and it cost him some of his reputation, and he was untruthful, too, about his bastard origins, which cost him more, and helped make him controversial in his own time. Tim Jeal thirty years ago wrote a revisionist biography of Livingstone which revealed the explorer and missionary to be decidedly unsaintly. Now he has written _Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer_ (Yale University Press), which takes revisionism in the other direction. Stanley has been scapegoated as being partly responsible for the unscrupulous European conquest of Africa, especially King Leopold's horrors within the Belgian Congo. He has been depicted as a racist, and as a brute. Jeal convincingly shows such concepts to be wrong and unfair. Unlike any previous biographer, Jeal has had access to Stanley's private papers and does a superb job of detection to shed new light on an extraordinary man whose greatest flaws were his scars from rejection as a child and his resultant insecurity, flaws that lay a foundation for his lies and exaggerations which would come back to haunt his legacy.

Stanley was born John Rowlands in Wales in 1841, and was abandoned by his promiscuous teenaged mother; his father is not known. He had a workhouse upbringing, changing his name after shipping to New Orleans. He served in the Confederate and Union armies, and became a reporter, successfully selling an editor on his project of finding Livingston who had left to find the source of the Nile in 1868. He had a subsequent expedition across the continent and down the Congo River, and then one reversing this route. The obstacles of the journeys were appalling; Jeal's descriptions of dangerous animals, starvation, infections, and threats from natives make for riveting but uncomfortable reading. Stanley was glad to be on an expedition, but described himself as having "a careless indifference as to what Fate may have in store for me." Jeal writes, "This fatalism - and the sense that his deprived childhood had left him with precious little to lose - helped him endure misfortune, since it could never surprise him as it did more fortunate men." Stanley admired and respected the African natives, but especially on his final expedition, his officers could treat them with disdain or horrific abuse.

Such events blackened Stanley's reputation, although they were largely beyond his control and completely beyond his own moral uprightness. His reputation has suffered the most by his agreement to work in the Congo for the duplicitous King Leopold of Belgium. Leopold fooled Stanley and most European leaders into thinking that he was taking over parts of Africa merely to eliminate slavery and promote trade, but unleashed astonishingly atrocious horrors of occupation upon the area. Jeal shows that Stanley did not steal land from the chiefs in the Congo, as critics have accused him, and he would not press land deals on behalf of Leopold if they were unfair to the natives. Stanley believed in colonialism, but he had no interest in making his fortune in Africa; his personal fortune was, as he had always planned, from his post-expedition books, which were bestsellers. He was a shrewd judge of the characters of African natives, but he was a naïf in dealing with others; his romantic life consisted of an earnest searching for a partner, repeated jiltings, and finally a late marriage with a politically-striving woman who forced him to into Parliament (he hated it) and kept him from returning to Africa. His faults and misfortunes were many, but he had repeated success in overcoming them, only to fall into a postmortem reputation as a brute and a racist. Jeal's illuminating book is a corrective, and tells an engaging, exciting story of a key figure in the opening of Africa.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Abandoned Boy Becomes Africa's Greatest Discoverer 27. März 2008
Von DDSC - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is the finest biography that I have read in some time. The writing is superb and it is based upon the most thorough research on its subject yet. The author is uniquely qualified to write this book as he has also written the definitive book on Stanley's counterpart, Dr. Livingstone. What makes this book so compelling is the subject himself. He was abandoned by his mother and never knew his father. The kind grandfather who took care of him died suddenly when Stanley was five years old and his mother's family had him placed in a workhouse. There he stayed for ten years when he left at age fifteen. His life became an odyssey which took him to America back to England and then to Africa where he achieved fame. Despite his accomplishments as discoverer and author, his personal life was full of disappointment. His attempt to hide his illegitimacy had led him to lie about his background. This coverup came close to unraveling on numerous occasions. Years after his career had ended he returned to New Orleans incognito where he walked the cemeteries looking for a "Stanley" tombstone that would give him a name to use in documenting his story. The irony was that one of the world's greatest discoverers could never find himself. An excellent book about a fascinating subject.
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