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How I Found Livingstone

Sir Henry Morton Stanley

Book Overview: 

Sir Henry Morton Stanley is famously quoted for saying “Dr Livingstone, i Presume?”. Born in Wales, he migrated over to the United States at the age of 18, and eventually became an overseas correspondent for the New York Herald. In 1869 Stanley was told by James Gordon Bennett Jr to find Livingstone, a scottish missionary and explorer, who was lost in central Africa. When Stanley commented on the cost Bennett’s reply was: “Well, I will tell you what you will do. Draw a thousand pounds now; and when you have gone through that, draw another thousand, and when that is spent, draw another thousand, and when you have finished that, draw another thousand, and so on; but, FIND LIVINGSTONE.”

How I Found Livingstone is Stanley’s personnel account of his 8 month trip from Zanzibar to Lake Tanganyika on this quest, including time spent exploring the area with Livingstone.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . one of the savannahs, whose soil during the rain is as soft as slush and tenacious as thick mortar, where we were all threatened with the fate of the famous Arkansas traveller, who had sunk so low in one of the many quagmires in Arkansas county, that nothing but his tall "stove-pipe" hat was left visible.

Shaw was sick, and the whole duty of driving the foundering caravan devolved upon myself. The Wanyamwezi donkeys stuck in the mire as if they were rooted to it. As fast as one was flogged from his stubborn position, prone to the depths fell another, giving me a Sisyphean labour, which was maddening trader pelting rain, assisted by such men as Bombay and Uledi, who could not for a whole skin's sake stomach the storm and mire. Two hours of such a task enabled me to drag my caravan over a savannah one mile and a half broad; and barely had I finished congratulating myself over my success before I was halted by a deep ditch, which, filled with rain. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This book is so passionate, and so well written. To be frank, Stanley was a man who was emblematic of his time: he discusses what kind of rifles would bring down the biggest game with just one bullet, how cheerful the "dark" people are, etc. He himself possessed vast reserves of courage, tenacity, i

I find it strange when people ask me, was Livingstone a Christian? It was his tomb at westminster abbey, with the words engraved 'other sheep I have, and they must come also' that gave the mission we belong to founder the vision to place mission stations from the coast to lake chad, just after recov

'Mr Livingstone, I presume' are the famous, though probably subsequently invented, words associated with the encounter of Henry Stanley and David Livingstone. Quite remarkable men and intrepid explorers who in hindsight are problematic - especially Stanley - for alleged poor treatment of natives. Th

How I found Livingstone:
By Henry M Stanley (1841-1904)

Who were Livingstone and Stanley?

David Livingstone (1813-1872) was a Scottsman, explorer, missionary, and anti-slavery campaigner.
He became a great hero of the Victorian era for his geographic discoveries in the heart of unexplored Africa.


This book was originally published in 1872, so, the language, and place/people names, have changed considerably since that time. If you can deal with that, you're in for a quite a ride with Stanley, as he searches for Livingstone. Much information is given regarding the various African tribes he dea

It’s really more of a 3.5, but I decided to round up after enjoying the end. A dated (it’s only a few years after the civil war) but interesting journey across what is now Tanzania through the eyes of an American explorer. It’s difficult to keep the names straight, and I mean ALL the names - African

This is a very hard book for me to review. The story/history of the subject is very interesting, but I did not take to the writing style of the book at all. It was very hard to get through, and actually, I did not get through the whole thing. The book is 690 pages. I managed to trudge through 420 pa

Fascinant! Outre le récit particulièrement haut en couleurs, c'est l'occasion de découvrir le destin de cet auteur, dont Jules Verne s'est inspiré pour les héros de ses romans. Cette édition aurait gagné à avoir quelques cartes, photos ou illustration, histoire de ne pas perdre le lecteur au milieu

Historically interesting, as it's a primary source. Though, having read "King Leopold's Ghost," the part this book and its author played in inciting a tragedy can't be overlooked. Nor can Stanley's obvious tendency to exaggerate and lie, which comes through pretty clearly on the page.

The book can ba

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