Bernard Porter: How bad was Stanley?, 5 April 2007
Show More Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest Explorer by Tim Jeal.
Faber, 570 pp., £25, March 2007, 978 0 571 22102 8Show More
“... explorer. (Obviously, some foreigners were worse.) This is despite the fact that he was, as Tim Jeal’s subtitle indicates, undeniably a ‘great’ one, if greatness is measured by geographical mysteries solved (the source of the Nile, among others) and hardships endured (countless bouts of malaria, gastritis, flesh-eating ulcers, being shot at ...”