Blood river: a journey to Africa's broken heart

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Chatto & Windus, Jul 3, 2007 - Nature - 363 pages
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A compulsively readable account of a journey to the Congo a country virtually inaccessible to the outside world vividly told by a daring and adventurous journalist. Ever since Stanley first charted its mighty river in the 1870s, the Congo has epitomized the dark and turbulent history of a failed continent. However, its troubles only served to increase the interest of Daily Telegraph correspondent Tim Butcher, who was sent to cover Africa in 2000. Before long he became obsessed with the idea of recreating Stanley's original expedition but travelling alone. Despite warnings Butcher spent years poring over colonial-era maps and wooing rebel leaders before making his will and venturing to the Congo's eastern border. He passed through once thriving cities of this country and saw the marks left behind by years of abuse and misrule. Almost, 2,500 harrowing miles later, he reached the Atlantic Ocean, a thinner and a wiser man. Butcher's journey was a remarkable feat. But the story of the Congo, vividly told in Blood River, is more remarkable still.

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Review: Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart

User Review  - Henna Paakkonen-Alvim - Goodreads

I love travel books in general and liked this one in particular as this is not simply cultural exposure but rather a combination of history, politics and adventure faced by the author. Tim Butcher´s ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amy Chamberlain - Goodreads

Oh, wow. Guess what? Living in the middle of Africa is no darn fun at all. Yeah, you probably knew that, but do you want to know why? Read this and you will. It's heartbreaking to learn all the ... Read full review


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Tim Butcher has worked for the Daily Telegraph since 1990 as foreign affairs leader writer, defense correspondent and Africa Bureau Chief. He is currently living in Jerusalem where he is The Telegraph’s Middle East correspondent.

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