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Livingstone: Revised and Expanded Edition


Livingstone: Revised and Expanded Edition

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    Tim Jeal(Author)
Hailed by the Victorians as the greatest explorer since the Elizabethan era, David Livingstone began life as a factory boy and became the first European to cross Africa and find the Congo's source. Seen as a great missionary, he was revered as a near saint - a myth in his own lifetime. In this superb new edition of his classic biography, which was the first to shatter the Victorian myth and reveal a darker personality, Tim Jeal draws on fresh sources to provide the most fully rounded portrait yet of this complicated man, dogged for years by private and public failure, despite his full share of success. Jeal uses Livingstone's field notebooks - recently made legible by imaging technology - to show that the explorer's problems with his African followers were far graver than previously understood. With additional new information, he re-examines Livingstone's importance to the British Empire and his relationship with the journalist-adventurer, Henry M. Stanley. Jeal also elaborates on Livingstone's decision to send his wife, Mary, to Britain, and evokes the full pathos and courage of his fight against the slave trade and his agonizing final journey. This masterly updated biography contains many new illustrations and maps.

'One of the finest biographies to have come my way for years.' --Dervla Murphy, 'Irish Times''This superb new biography differs from all previous ones in its political and historical sophistication, and in its fidelity to fact rather than sentiment.... Stripping the sentimentality from the life of Livingstone has served not to dimish but to enhance it.' --Fawn M. Brodie, 'New York Times Book Review''Mr Jeal's remarkable new biography...[is] rich and readable...fascinating and most skilful...' --Jan Morris, 'Spectator'

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  • PDF | 432 pages
  • Tim Jeal(Author)
  • Yale University Press; Revised edition edition (19 Feb. 2013)
  • English
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  • Biography
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  • By S. Broom on 23 May 2013

    After enjoying both Stanley and the Explorers of the Nile I was pleased to see the authors original Livingstone biography from the 70s got a bit of a repolish from the material garnered from researching these books. Although it feels a bit like a thesis in parts the author successfully explains and dismantels many of the myths around Livingstone. In many respects the book has the opposite effect on the reader of the Stanley book, which was as much about rehabilitating a complex mis-understood character as the Livingstone book is about questioning the real success and motivation of a man who has become a British institution. The author's writing style is well-paced, informative and very easy to read for such a substantial amount of material so would absolutely recommend those who have enjoyed previous books by the author also get this.

  • By M. Peirce on 21 April 2013

    This new and expanded version of David Livingstone by Tim Jeal provides a new insight into the subjects character which has not been highlighted in previous biographies of the Victorian missionary and explorer. Jeal has obtained access to previously unknown or available sources and his in-depth appraisal of these shows a much darker side to Livingstone during his years in Africa prior to his meeting with Stanley. His single-minded ruthlessness was responsible for the deaths of many people, both European (including his wife Mary) and countless Africans. His success as an explorer far out-weighs his exploits as a missionary, which can be summarised as a total failure, even though some of his predictions for the colonisation of central-southern Africa and the enduring impact on the populations living there, were subsequently proved to be correct. For those interested in African exploration, particularly the myths surrounding Livingstone and Stanley, this book is highly recommended.

  • By A. Harwood on 12 October 2015

    I really enjoyed this book. Well written and thorough.Livingstone is a childhood hero of mine - and perhaps one reason why I'm living in Zambia. What I like about this biography is that is not a polished up view of a "sinless saint" but an honest look at a great man warts and all.Livingstone was truly a great man - with flaws as wellGreat one Tim Jeal.

  • By SteveC on 31 October 2015

    A wonderful insight into this great explorer. A well researched and informative account.

  • By Elliot Globetrotter on 15 May 2014

    My friend reads and writes extensively on Africa and he says this was without a doubt the best book ever written on Livingstone.

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