This is a story I have heard about all my life, and didn't think there was anything new to say about it. My mistake! The very clever author of this book has made the story fresh and current. He has done this by relating the lives of Livingston and Stanley from birth, and leading up to their famious first meeting.
The author also gives a very good impression of British society in the mid 19th century. For example, I was astonished at what a big event Livingston's funeral was. Putting it in a modern context, it was on a par with the funeral of Princess Diana. I have tried to read similar books in the past, but they have been too dry. However, 'Into Africa' was written in a very engaging way, and I would recommend it to anyone.
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