LIVINGSTONE AND AFRICA by Jack Simmons

LIVINGSTONE AND AFRICA

By
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

One of the Teach Yourself History series, which is based on learning the social sciences via biographies that take in historical themes, this is a compact retelling of the life of David Livingstone and the opening up of Africa. His journeys as a missionary, his expeditions as geographer and scientist, his battle against the slave trade existing still along the south east coast, his patient explorations of unknown territory are all here as is the part he played in changing the European concept of the country and its people, in making possible the development of British enterprise and in establishing a heroic figure of a practicing Christian. The personality of the man is not dimmed by his accomplishments and his failings are there for all to see in addition to those qualities that added to his stature. A well-scaled biography, this, while it is compact is not capsuled, has directness and awareness and a feeling for the importance of the man and the country.

ISBN: 1153016249
Publisher: Macmillan