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Henry Morton Stanley Books

Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1841 - 1904), born John Rowlands, was a British journalist and explorer famous for his exploration of Africa and his search for David Livingstone. In Africa he became known as 'Bula Matari', the 'Breaker of Rocks'.

Sir Henry Morton Stanley
Sir Henry Morton Stanley

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In Darkest Africa

In Darkest Africa: Or The Quest, Rescue, And Retreat Of Emin Governer Of Equatoria by Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1891) is his remarkable account of his expedition from the East Coast through the heart of Africa to the land of The Nile. This expedition was originally intended as a rescue mission for Emin Pasha after Khartoum fell into hands of the Mahdists and General Gordon was killed. Although failing in its primary objective, the expedition accomplished great things, Stanley discovered the great snow-capped range of Ruwenzori, the Mountains of the Moon, besides a new lake which he named the Albert Edward Nyanza. Vol I Free eBook Vol II Free eBook


Through The Dark Continent

Through The Dark Continent: Or The Sources Of The Nile, Around The Great Lakes Of Equatorial Africa And Down The Livingstone River To The Atlantic Ocean by Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1890) is the story of the Anglo-American expedition to Central Africa, commanded by Stanley and undertaken between 1874 and 1877. The discovery of the course of the Congo, though the greatest, was but one of the many geographical problems solved during his memorable expedition. Vol I Free eBook Vol II Free eBook


Stanley's Story: Or Through The Wilds Of Africa

Stanley's Story: Or Through The Wilds Of Africa. A Thrilling Narrative Of His Remarkable Adventures, Terrible Experiences, Wonderful Discoveries And Amazing Achievements In The Dark Continent, Southern And Central Africa by Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1890) and edited by A G Feather from information, data and the official reports of Henry M Stanley.


The Autobiography Of Sir Henry M Stanley

The Autobiography Of Sir Henry M Stanley by Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1909) and edited by his wife, Dorothy Stanley. Free eBook



Coomassie And Magdala

Coomassie And Magdala: The Story Of Two British Campaigns by Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1874) is Stanley's reporting and analysis of 2 major and successful British campaigns in East and West Africa as a special correspondent to the New York Herald. Free eBook


How I Found Livingstone

How I Found Livingstone: Travels, Adventures And Discoveries In Central Africa, Including An Account Of Four Months' Residence with Dr Livingstone by Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1891) Free eBook



My Kalulu, Prince, King And Slave: A Story of Central Africa

My Kalulu, Prince, King And Slave: A Story of Central Africa by Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1873) is Stanley's adventure novel for boys based loosely on the personal history of his young protegé, Kalulu. It is a romance based upon knowledge acquired during his journey in search of Dr. Livingstone, which began in 1871 and terminated in 1872. The book was written after the failure of his first lecture tour to America in 1872, and is dedicated to "all those who have aided to the suppression of slavery on the east coast of Africa". Free eBook


My Early Travels And Adventures In America And Asia

My Early Travels And Adventures In America And Asia by Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1895). These 2 volumes contain Henry Morton Stanley's early journalistic writings during his travels in America and Asia from 1867 to 1869. Stanley is best-known for his subsequent African explorations, but these early works reveal much about his character and future ambitions. Vol I Free eBook Vol II Free eBook


The Congo And The Founding Of Its Free State

The Congo And The Founding Of Its Free State: A Story Of Work And Exploration by Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1885) this 2 volume work of exploration, history and socio-political economy is the result of Stanley's expedition up the Congo River in 1879-84 and his attempts to re-open the interior for King Leopold of Belgium. From this journey came the establishment of the Congo State, the first free commercial state in Equatorial Africa. Vol I Free eBook Vol II Free eBook


Africa: Its Partition And Its Future

Africa: Its Partition And Its Future by Sir Henry Morton Stanley et al (1885) Free eBook



My Dark Companions And Their Strange Stories

My Dark Companions And Their Strange Stories by Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1893) is a collection of camp-fire stories, told by "real aborigines of the interior the choicest and most curious of those that were related to me during seventeen years." Free eBook


The Life, Labours, Perilous Adventures, And Discoveries of Dr. Livingstone
The Life, Labours, Perilous Adventures, And Discoveries of Dr. Livingstone: Nearly Thirty Years A Missionary Explorer In The Wilds Of Africa With A Thrilling Account Of His Resurrection by Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1873) Free eBook

Story Of Emin's Rescue As Told In Stanley's Letters

Story Of Emin's Rescue As Told In Stanley's Letters by Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1890). Edited by J Scott Keltie. Free eBook


Click here to buy the 2005 movie Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search for Livingstone in DVD. A National Geographic TV presentation starring Dylan Baker and Edward Fox.

Books About Sir Henry Morton Stanley:


John Bierman

Dark Safari: Life Behind The Legend Of Henry Morton Stanley

Dark Safari: Life Behind The Legend Of Henry Morton Stanley by John Bierman (1990). With the help of newly discovered documents, the author leads the reader 'into the interior of both the man and the vast landmass he tamed'.



Martin Dugard

Into Africa: The Epic Adventures Of Stanley And Livingstone

Into Africa: The Epic Adventures Of Stanley And Livingstone by Martin Dugard (2003) traces the amazing journeys of Livingstone and Stanley in alternating chapters. The author captures the perils and challenges these men faced. Woven into the narrative, Dugard tells an equally compelling story of the remarkable transformation that occurred over the course of nine years, as Stanley rose in power and prominence and Livingstone found himself alone and in mortal danger. It is the first book to draw on modern research and to explore the combination of adventure, politics and larger-than-life personalities. Buy Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone Audio Book


Tony Gould

In Limbo: Story Of Stanley's Rear Column

In Limbo: Story Of Stanley's Rear Column by Tony Gould (1979). Stanley left five Englishmen at Yambuya with 250 porters and the bulk of the expedition's supplies, to be safeguarded for his return in four months. When Stanley returned fourteen months later, he found only one of his officers still there. Two were dead, a third invalided home and there were over a hundred graves at Yambuya. This is the first account of the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition to take the episode of the rear column as the main narrative and in doing so an entirely new perspective unfolds.


Tim Jeal

Stanley: The Impossible Life Of Africa's Greatest Explorer

Stanley: The Impossible Life Of Africa's Greatest Explorer by Tim Jeal (2007). With unprecedented access to previously closed Stanley family archives, the author reveals the amazing extent to which Stanley's public career and intimate life have been misunderstood and undervalued. Stanley's epic but unfairly forgotten African journeys are thrillingly described, establishing the explorer as the greatest to set foot on the continent.


Richard Hall

Stanley: An Adventurer Explored

Stanley: An Adventurer Explored by Richard Hall (1974) is a biography with material from family archives and diaries of two of Stanley's companions on the great journey of 1874 to 1877.



Daniel Leibowitz & Charles Pearson

The Last Expedition: Stanley's Mad Journey Through The Congo

The Last Expedition: Stanley's Mad Journey Through The Congo by Daniel Leibowitz & Charles Pearson (2005) is an illuminating saga of the dark days of colonialism. Henry Morton Stanley undertook the greatest African expedition of the nineteenth century to rescue Emin Pasha. Instead of ten months, the trip took three years and cost the lives of thousands of people, as Stanley's column hacked its way across the last great, unexplored territory in Africa.


Frank McLynn

Stanley: The Making Of An African Explorer

Stanley: The Making Of An African Explorer 1841-1877 by Frank McLynn (1989). This biography of Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904) concentrates on his life as an illegitimate boy and adolescent shunted off to a workhouse and on his early career as an explorer. McLynn seeks to expose the reasons why a man of such indomitable will, technical and tactical ability and personal bravery could behave so savagely.


Stanley: Dark Genius Of African Exploration

Stanley: Dark Genius Of African Exploration by Frank McLynn (2004) depicts the disturbed personality behind the public man. A pathological liar with sadomasochistic tendencies, Stanley's achievements exacted a high human cost. As Frank McLynn's masterly study shows, his foundation of the Congo Free State on behalf of Leopold II of Belgium, and the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition were both dubious enterprises which tarnished his reputation, revealing the complex - and often troubling - relationship that Stanley had with Africa.


Thomas Stevens

Thomas Stevens (1854 - 1935) was an English traveller and writer who was the first person to circle the globe by bicycle. He later was asked by 'The New York World' in 1888 to join its search in East Africa for Henry Morton Stanley as there had been no news of him for over a year.

Thomas Stevens
Thomas Stevens

Scouting For Stanley In East Africa

Scouting For Stanley In East Africa by Thomas Stevens (1890) is about his six-month expedition looking for Stanley and writing for the 'The New York World' newspaper of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and hunting big game. He found Stanley's camp first, beating a rival 'New York Herald' expedition. Free eBook


Jacob Wassermann

Bula Matari: Stanley Conqueror Of A Continent

Bula Matari: Stanley Conqueror Of A Continent by Jacob Wassermann (1932). An early biography of Henry Morton Stanley, including of course, the famous meeting with Livingstone.



Alphonse-Jules Wauters

Stanley's Emin Pasha Expedition by Alphonse-Jules Wauters (1890) is an account of Stanley's last and most difficult journey. Stanley was put in charge of an army of rifleman formed by the Emin Pasha Relief Committee to secure the rescue of the Emin Pasha. The rescue was undertaken after the fall of Khartoum when it was discovered that the Emin Pasha was holding out against the Mahdi's hordes.

Books by the men who accompanied Henry Morton Stanley on his expeditions.



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