In his new introduction to what has been defined as ""one of the best explorer's journals ever written"", Alan Moorehead sets the frame of reference in which this book was written over 100 years ago. Burton had taken on this expedition into unexplored regions of Central Africa (where the sources of the Nile were supposedly to be found) a young man named John Hanning Speke. That Speke chanced on a right guess that Lake Victoria was the mysterious source and that he released this information before Burton's returns- and before it had been officially proved, resulted in a flareup of Burton's explosive temper. But it could not take from the immense fascination and value of this incomparable classic of adventure. Today, with Central Africa in the headlines, this boldly detailed record of a first exploration is more than ever in demand. A fine piece of book making- 35 illustrations, carefully indexed and with important appendices, this will be welcomed.