Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer

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Yale University Press
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6.14 X 1.58 X 9.2 inches | 1.67 pounds
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About the Author
Tim Jeal is also the biographer of Henry Morton Stanley (National Book Critics' Circle Award in Biography and Sunday Times Biography of the Year 2007), and Robert Baden-Powell, which (like Livingstone) was chosen as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and the Washington Post. In 2011 his Explorers of the Nile was a New York Times Editor's Choice and a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.
"A magnificent new life. . . . [Jeal] demonstrates in a way that makes [this] a superb adventure story as well as a feat of advocacy [that] Stanley was probably the greatest explorer ever to set foot in Africa. . . . There have been many biographies of Stanley, but Jeal's is the most felicitous, the best informed, the most complete and readable and exhaustive, profiting from his access to an immense new trove of Stanley material."--Paul Theroux, front page, New York Times Book Review
"Tim Jeal has written a great book--shrewd, perceptive and engaging."--Jane Ridley, Sunday Telegraph
"Tim Jeal's book is not just an absorbing, sometimes horrifying biography but a feat of advocacy--an ardent, intricate defence of a man history has damned. . . . His subject could not be more topical. . . . For the question at the core of the book is do we have the right to force our idea of civilization on people's whose culture is abhorrent to us?"--John Carey, Sunday Times

"It is a wonderful story almost epic in scope. . . . What a biopic it would make!"--Sara Wheeler, The Times

"[An] exciting and extraordinary tale."--Ann Wroe, Daily Telegraph
"Of the many biographies of Henry Morton Stanley, Jeal's, which profits from an immense new trove of material, is the most complete and readable."--New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice)
"There have been many biographies of Stanley, but Jeal's is the most felicitous, the best informed, the most complete and readable and exhaustive. . . In its progress from workhouse to mud hut to baronial mansion, it is like the most vivid sort of Victorian novel . . ."--Paul Theroux, front page, New York Times Book Review
"Jeal takes an already-fascinating story to new levels. . . . Jeal's biography is an unalloyed triumph, not only because it is painstakingly researched and eminently readable, but because it never loses sight of the abandoned child in the man, driving him forward, 'able to frighten, able to suffer, but also to command love and obedience.' Such a personality, Jeal notes, is 'an extinct species, and all the more remarkable for that.'"--Jason Roberts, Washington Post Book World

"Sympathetic yet balanced, perceptive and full of perspective, this is biography at its best."--Ross Leckie, The Times

"Jeal's book is a stunning and provocative work, an awesome piece of scholarship executed with page-turning brio. . . . A remarkable reassessment that will send shivers through historians and writers on Africa."--Kevin Rushby, The Guardian

"[A] meticulous biography. . . . Besides rescuing Stanley from an unfair but accepted caricature, Jeal skillfully illuminates Stanley's work and its morality and separates him from King Leopold's exploitation and oppression of the Congo. This excellent reassessment of Stanley's life is essential for all libraries."--Library Journal
"[An] impressive, revealing, and well written biography. . . . Tim Jeal has had both the good fortune to see [Stanley's] papers and the skill to construct a new interpretation around them. He recognizes Stanley's feats and views them in the context of his age rather than ours. Moreover, he adds new layers to his subject's character."--David Gilmour, New York Review of Books
"[An] impressive, revealing, and well written biography. . . . [Jeal] adds new layers to his subject's character."--David Gilmour, New York Review of Books
"By uncovering the truth behind the myth, Jeal paints a sympathetic portrait of the ultimate self-made man."--Rebecca A. Clay, Wilson Quarterly
"A meticulously detailed, thoroughly documented, definitive biography of Henry Stanley. . . . Despite immense fame and extensive writings by and about Stanley, this biography repudiates the conventional perceptions about the explorer. . . . Jeal's fascinating biography will not be last word on Stanley, but it should be the starting place for years to come. Highly recommended."--Choice
Winner of the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography
Named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2007 by The New York Times Book Review
Nominated for the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the Biography category
Silver medal winner of the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Award in the category of Biography
Selected as a 2008 AAUP University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries