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Livingstone (Yale Nota Bene) Paperback – 5 Oct 2001

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; New Ed edition (5 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300091028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300091021
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A rich and readable book." -- Jan Morris, Spectator

"An unhaloed portrait of a very great man ... First rate, absorbing, informative, judicious." -- New York Times

"This superb new biography differs from all previous ones in its political and historical sophistication... -- Fawn M. Brodie, New York Times Book Review

"Well researched and written, both analytical and intuitive ... an excellent biography." -- Richard West, Sunday Times

'beautifully written...this splendid volume gives a masterly insight into his life and works' -- John Oates, The Times, 20 October 2001

About the Author

Tim Jeal is a highly acclaimed biographer and novelist, and author of Baden-Powell: Founder of the Boy Scouts (ISBN 0 300 09103 6, pb ), also published by Yale University Press.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Matthews on 14 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this for my Dad who never stops 'banging on' about it. He absolutely loved it and bores me endlessly with stories of Gieves and Hawkes, Livingstone's tree and much more. Enjoy - I would definitely recommend.
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By Mrs. Anne V. Evans on 26 Oct. 2014
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If Only Our Novelists Could Write So Well 19 Jun. 2007
By David Schweizer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Jeal's biography became an instant classic upon publication some years ago. It is doubtful that Livingstone will ever be so fully portrayed, "warts and all," as the saying goes. Quite apart from the life depicted, this biography is a work of art. The prose is gorgeous, quite simply among the best biographies of the decade. One is simultaneously gripped and repelled by the author's extraordinary subject. Livingstone is one of the two or three singularly impressive Victorian figures whom contemporaries admired but whom we now regard with dismay. Still, there are no such grand figures in our time, and it is doubtful any will ever emerge again with such courage and daring. He was in so many ways as hateful as his age, but a better man than we in our time who praise ourselves for finding fault with his undeniable accomplishments from the comfort of our little lives.
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Very thorough 13 Mar. 2010
By Gregory Hope - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I found this book quite interesting but I did think the author fails to fully grasp Livingstone's Christianity. Whereas in the author's excellent biography on fellow African explorer, Henry Stanley, the author seems to have a good deal of sympathy for the time and place his subject occupies, He seems to be overly critical and judgemental when it comes to Livingstone. I wouldn't recommend this book be read without also reading one of the other Livingstone biographies for some balance. My first recommendation would be Seaver's "David Livingstone - His Life and Letters" where the author largely lets Livingstone explain his motivations in his own words.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great, Sensational, absolutely fantastic book 23 Jun. 2005
By P. Ford - Published on
Format: Paperback
This author provided a great, unbiased account of Livingstone without being disrespectful. He also ended the book with a fantastic account of how Livingstone's legacy affected the world. This is a must read for all Christians or anyone interested in 19th century history or African history in general.
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Great Bio 23 April 2013
By Norman Manzon - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Well researched, well written, detailed, honest, absorbing, reveals much about Livingstone, the other missionaries in the area, the white South Africans and the native peoples Livingstone tried to win to Christ.
Livingstone 8 Aug. 2014
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A must read. Every American should read Tim Jeal's Livingstone and Tim Jeal's Stanley!!
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