From the time that he was thrown into the public’s eye David Livingstone has been branded many things. To this day there are still those who wonder what his true motives whether. Different biographers have either viewed him as a heroic missionary or explorer bent on fame. Jay Milbrandt instead brings us a different take on this controversial figure. In his latest book the author covers the issue of African slavery and how Livingstone was very much a factor in its decline in the age of Victoria.
This can be a very hard book to get through. While it is not the sensational book that goes on and on about the brutalities that Africans suffered at the hands of slavers it doesn’t shirk the truth either. With excerpts of Livingstone’s journals scattered throughout readers will have a lot to ponder over. I loved the layout of the book and the different quotes of Livingstone. It was a fascinating journey into another time and place. For those wondering if this is a heavy and in-depth book I would say that it is quality and not quantity that matter in The Daring Heart of David Livingstone. Recommended read.
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