Dark Safari: The Life Behind the Legend of Henry Morton Stanley

Dark Safari The Life Behind the Legend of Henry Morton Stanley An exploration of the darkest heart of the man who greeted the explorer David Livingstone with the phrase Dr Livingstone I presume John Bierman with the help of the newly discovered Stanley letters

  • Title: Dark Safari: The Life Behind the Legend of Henry Morton Stanley
  • Author: John Bierman
  • ISBN: 9780394583426
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An exploration of the darkest heart of the man who greeted the explorer David Livingstone with the phrase, Dr Livingstone, I presume John Bierman, with the help of the newly discovered Stanley letters, leads readers into the interior of both the man and the Africa he tamed.

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    About “John Bierman

    • John Bierman

      John David Bierman, journalist and author, born January 26 1929 died January 4 2006John Bierman was one of the last of a generation of buccaneering reporters and writers who pursued successful careers across the media Newspaper reporter, editor, radio correspondent, television fireman , documentary maker and, finally, acclaimed historian, Bierman excelled at each, in a working life that reached back to the days of plate cameras and reporters in trilbies.His big stories as a BBC TV reporter included a 13 minute, mainly ad libbed, report from Bloody Sunday in Derry in 1972 which won a Cannes TV Festival award , the Indo Pakistan war of 1971 and the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 His final incarnation as a historian was pursued in the Mediterranean calm of a Cypriot farmhouse he liked to describe himself as a palm tree man The military historian Sir John Keegan wrote of Alamein War Without Hate 2002 , which Bierman co authored with fellow journalist Colin Smith Few historians write as fluently as they do few journalists achieve their standards of accuracy and inclusiveness Bierman was born within the sound of Bow Bells in London His father, an antiques dealer, beat a hasty exit, and his mother, who ran a dress shop, paid attention to her son only when in funds Largely raised by his grandparents, and evacuated from London during the second world war, he had, therefore, a peripatetic childhood that ideally prepared him for life as a globetrotting reporter His love of the English language was acquired young Despite attending 16 schools, he had a sound basic education, and could recite long passages of poetry.In 1960, Bierman was headhunted by the Aga Khan to found and edit the Nation, in Nairobi Those four years were among his happiest professionally A colleague recalls John was a great editor driving, dynamic, young, assured, foul mouthed, contemptuous of settlers, frightened of nobody, a marvellous design man and an elegant writer He next moved to the Caribbean as a managing editor.He returned to England in the mid 1960s just as the BBC was recruiting experienced print journalists to stiffen its staff of largely university graduates all rather posh men , according to Mike Sullivan, another of the hard bitten tribe who joined when Bierman did Bierman s breakthrough book was Righteous Gentile The Story of Raoul Wallenberg 1981 , which brought to international attention the then largely neglected story of the Swedish diplomat who rescued Hungarian Jews from the Nazis Bierman s words are inscribed on Wallenberg s statue in central London The 20th century spawned two of history s vilest tyrannies Raoul Wallenberg outwitted the first but was swallowed up by the second His triumph over Nazi genocide reminds us that the courageous and committed individual can prevail against even the cruellest state machine The fate of the six million Jews he was unable to rescue reminds us of the evil to which racist ideas can drive whole nations Finally, his imprisonment reminds us not only of Soviet brutality but also of the ignorance and indifference which led the free world to abandon him We must never forget these lessons One of Bierman s books The Heart s Grown Brutal, a thriller set in Northern Ireland was written under the pseudonym David_Brewster he was still on the BBC staff and not supposed to moonlight In all, he published eight books two written with Smith , continuing to work after a kidney donated by his son Jonathan transplant in 2002 Despite a later heart bypass, arthritis and damaged nerves in his neck which made writing torture, he stayed at his keyboard He told an interviewer Working, in the sense of writing books, I shall do until I drop because it is my life source The Guardian



    641 thoughts on “Dark Safari: The Life Behind the Legend of Henry Morton Stanley

    • John Bierman, reports Stanley was a consummate liar and that Stanley's autobiography is filled with perversions of reality. Stanley says he found himself in America after deserting England via ship. He was conned into the Confederate army by a southern belle who promised eternal love (Stanley says.) Nonsense, reports Bierman. This was another part of the myth. There is evidence he fought at Shiloh, where he was captured by Union troops, and interned near Chicago. He volunteered to change sides, [...]


    • This is an interesting and readable biography of a major figure in the European exploration and colonization of Africa. The author is more kind to Stanley than some;since Bierman adamantly agrees that Stanley was a habitual, probably pathological liar, it seems a little questionable to readily accept Stanley's reports of his behaviour and motives some of the time, when we know they aren't true most of the time. But overall, lively and accurate writing, backed up by good research with documentati [...]


    • I just started reading this biography of a complicted man and his adventuresome and fictious lifeas the African explorer who went in search of Dr. Livingston.t that the man was lost.I hate the way the author has written this book! Everything thing he says about STanley (not his real name) is torn apart on a personal level. He makes him out to be a ambitous liar, a thief, a sadistic murderer, a media hound and woman hater. Maybe he was? I'd like to read another version of Stanley' biography.


    • John Bierman's biography of Henry Morton Stanley goes beyond the obligatory, "Doctor Livingstone, I presume". He gives us a pretty decent insight into the 'man' who was the epitome of the Victorian explorer, eclipsing even the likes of Burton, Speke and Carter. A good bit of the book dels with his activities in the Congo on behalf of King Leopold II - a portion of his life that often receives short shrift. Not a great deal of new information, but what is there is well done.


    • Well-told and highly educational retelling of an amazing life. I felt that the author was fair in his assessments, criticizing Stanley when merited while acknowledging his positive attributes. The writing is not at all dry and even induces laughs on occasion. Unfortunately, however, Stanley's final African expedition seemed interminable, so my interest flagged a bit toward the end of the book.


    • Haven't read an adult biography in a long time, but this one caught my eye when returned awhile back. Very glad I read it as I learned so much about Henry Morton Stanley and the early exploration AND exploitation of Africa during the 1800's.


    • Good attention to details and an interesting journey through Stanley's papers and expeditions make this book one of those I enjoyed reading about a long already extinct era.



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