Blood River: The Terrifying Journey Through The World's Most Dangerous Country

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Sep 15, 2009 - History - 384 pages
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Published to rave reviews in the United Kingdom and named a Richard & Judy Book Club selection—the only work of nonfiction on the 2008 list—Blood River is the harrowing and audacious story of Tim Butcher’s journey in the Congo and his retracing of legendary explorer H. M. Stanley’s famous 1874 expedition in which he mapped the Congo River. When Daily Telegraph correspondent Tim Butcher was sent to Africa in 2000 he quickly became obsessed with the legendary Congo River and the idea of recreating Stanley’s journey along the three-thousand-mile waterway. Despite warnings that his plan was suicidal, Butcher set out for the Congo’s eastern border with just a backpack and a few thousand dollars hidden in his boots. Making his way in an assortment of vehicles, including a motorbike and a dugout canoe, helped along by a cast of characters from UN aid workers to a pygmy rights advocate, he followed in the footsteps of the great Victorian adventurer. An utterly absorbing narrative that chronicles Butcher’s forty-four-day journey along the Congo River, Blood River is an unforgettable story of exploration and survival.
 

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User Review  - Tony2704 - LibraryThing

Good read and a reminder that there are still countries where corruption is rife. Would have preferred more about the trip and less about Stanley Read full review

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User Review  - Eyejaybee - LibraryThing

Even before he was posted to Africa by the Daily Telegraph Tim Butcher had dreamt of travelling along the Congo, sub-Saharan Africa's grandest, if darkest, river. His mother had travelled across the ... Read full review

Contents

Africas Broken Heart
1
The Final Frontier
29
Cobalt Town
51
The Pearl of Tanganyika
75
Walked to Death
117
The Jungle Books
153
Up a River Without a Paddle
177
Pirogue Progress
211
Bend in the River
253
River Passage
291
Road Rage
317
Epilogue
343
Bibliography
347
Acknowledgements
349
Index
351
Copyright

The Equator Express
231

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Born in 1967, Tim Butcher has worked for the Daily Telegraph since 1990 as the paper’s chief war correspondent and Africa Bureau Chief. He is currently their Middle East correspondent, based in Jerusalem.

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