Scramble for Africa...
Thomas Pakenham (Author)
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White Man's Conquest of the Dark Continent
from 1876 to 1912
December 01, 1992
6.12 X 9.04 X 1.42 inches | 1.64 pounds
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About the Author
Thomas Pakenham's Meetings with Remarkable Trees received international acclaim. His other books include Remarkable Trees of the World, The Boer War and The Scramble for Africa, which won the Alan Paton Award. He lives in London.
"An account of one of the most gigantic and astonishing episodes in human history . . . First-class . . . Meticulously written and researched."-- Jon Manchip White, "Chicago Tribune""A phenomenal achievement . . . Clear, authoritative and compelling . . . tells the story of this particular gold rush with admirable and judicious poise . . . Contains some of the best-known episodes of 19th-Century history as well as some of the most mythologized and colorful characters the world has ever seen . . . Highly readable!"-- William Boyd, "Los Angeles Times Book Review""Extraordinary . . . Vital . . . Vivid . . . Refreshing . . . A huge, complex narrative . . . Taking an entire continent as his canvas, Pakenham has painted a picture of heroism and horror . . . He writes both with compassion and with an effective combination of detachment and judgment . . . A splendid book." -- Peter Stansky, "The New York Times Book Review""An elaborate buffet spread before us . . . With great skill . . . Pakenham strips the impresarios of imperialism of their veneer of Victorian heroism or reputations for statesmanlike vision, to reveal them as men with bloated and often vicious egos." -- Douglas Porch, "Washington Post Book World""Marvelous . . . This lively history includes villains an" visionaries of every race and creed." -- "The New Yorker""Remarkable adventures . . . appalling tragedies . . . The cast of characters both European and African is large andcolorful . . . Wonderfully complicated and fascinating"-- Lee Lescaze, "The Wall Street Journal"