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The Mystery of the Nile to outsiders, 22 Oct. 2011
Tim Jeal gives more than an account of the tribulations of exploration in Africa. He brings you closer to the nature of the men, and a few women, both Europeans and their porters and guides who dared their lives in establishing on record the geographical locations of the great lakes and rivers of Central Africa. Driven mainly by the enquiring mind tempered in some by egotism and in the case of Richard Burton by lack of magnanimity in accepting others achievements when his theories of the source of the Nile where proven incorrect. The disasters in recent Africa history, as in the Middle East has been the failure of the European powers not listening to the 'on the ground' experts of the political and cultural make-up of the various regions and tribes. As Arnold Toynbee said, sadly, 'we learn from history that we never learn from history'.