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This review is from: Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure (Hardcover)
This fascinating book was marred for me by the poor quality maps; my copy is now covered in corrections as I attempted to make sense of the various expeditions. Unforgiveably, the actual source of the Nile is not explained coherently, and much resorting to wikepedia was necessary to sort out names of lakes and watersheds. I was not convinced by the new treatment of Speke, especially his death which if accidental came at a critical time in his career. I did enjoy the read very much and feel the general reader would find much of interest, although the later chapters seemed more suited to another book.
I was left humbled by the bravery and stoicism of these heroes who succeeded where many others fell by the wayside; maybe a bit more psychological depth would have helped. Despite the above, strongly recommended.