Paths without Glory: Richard Francis Burton in Africa (Hardback)
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Paths without Glory: Richard Francis Burton in Africa (Hardback)

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Hardback 316 Pages / Published: 31/12/2009
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Few people have garnered so much enduring interest as Sir Richard Burton. A true polymath, Burton is best known today for his translations of the Kama Sutra and Arabian Nights. Yet, Africa stood at the center of his adult life. The Burton-Speke expedition (1856-59) that put Lake Tanganyika on the map led to years of controversy over the source of the White Nile. From 1861 to 1864 Burton served as British consul in Fernando Po and traveled widely between Ghana and Angola. He wrote prodigiously and contributed some of the first detailed ethnographic accounts of Africa's peoples. In many ways, however, Africa proved to be Burton's undoing. Injuries and sickness sapped his strength, he made enemies in high places, and, ironically, even the discovery of Lake Tanganyika worked to his disadvantage. Increasingly frustrated and bitter, he turned to alcohol as a frequent remedy. In this fascinating story of the relationship between a man and a continent, geographer James L. Newman provides an intimate portrait of Burton through careful examination of his journals and biographers'rich analyses. Delving deepest into Burton's later life and travels, Newman pinpoints the thematic mainstays of his career as a diplomat and explorer, namely his strong advocacy of aggressive imperial policies and his belief that race explained crucial human differences. Historians and scholars of the golden age of empire, as well as armchair adventurers, will not only discover what defined this famously enigmatic figure, but venture, themselves, into the heart of mid-nineteenth-century Africa.

Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
ISBN: 9781597972871
Number of pages: 316
Weight: 599 g
Dimensions: 230 x 150 x 29 mm


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At last an authority on Africa has taken up the story of Richard Burton in Africa. James L. Newman provides us with a richly informative account of Burton s African journeys, enlivened by a crisp and engaging prose style. Dane Kennedy, author of The Highly Civilized Man: Richard Burton and the Victorian World--Dane Kennedy (10/23/2009)"
I thought James L. Newman s book about Henry Morton Stanley was wonderful Paths Without Glory, his biographical account of Richard F. Burton, is better. Newman s primary focus is on Burton s relationship with Africa and Africans, yet throughout his prolific literary output, the famous English explorer is shown to be a not so benevolent racist, as well as a congenitally disgruntled and unhappy traveler. This book is hard to put down. Sanford H. Bederman, Professor Emeritus of Geography, Georgia State University, and past president and fellow, Society for the History of Discoveries--Sanford H. Bederman (10/23/2009)"
-At last an authority on Africa has taken up the story of Richard Burton in Africa. James L. Newman provides us with a richly informative account of Burton's African journeys, enlivened by a crisp and engaging prose style.---Dane Kennedy, author of The Highly Civilized Man: Richard Burton and the Victorian World--Dane Kennedy (10/23/2009)
-I thought James L. Newman's book about Henry Morton Stanley was wonderful--Paths Without Glory, his biographical account of Richard F. Burton, is better. Newman's primary focus is on Burton's relationship with Africa and Africans, yet throughout his prolific literary output, the famous English explorer is shown to be a not so benevolent racist, as well as a congenitally disgruntled and unhappy traveler. This book is hard to put down.---Sanford H. Bederman, Professor Emeritus of Geography, Georgia State University, and past president and fellow, Society for the History of Discoveries--Sanford H. Bederman (10/23/2009)
"At last an authority on Africa has taken up the story of Richard Burton in Africa. James L. Newman provides us with a richly informative account of Burton's African journeys, enlivened by a crisp and engaging prose style."--Dane Kennedy, author of The Highly Civilized Man: Richard Burton and the Victorian World--Dane Kennedy (10/23/2009)
"I thought James L. Newman's book about Henry Morton Stanley was wonderful--Paths Without Glory, his biographical account of Richard F. Burton, is better. Newman's primary focus is on Burton's relationship with Africa and Africans, yet throughout his prolific literary output, the famous English explorer is shown to be a not so benevolent racist, as well as a congenitally disgruntled and unhappy traveler. This book is hard to put down."--Sanford H. Bederman, Professor Emeritus of Geography, Georgia State University, and past president and fellow, Society for the History of Discoveries--Sanford H. Bederman (10/23/2009)

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