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Author has a definitive point of view, but it does not distract from the story. The author in a very readable prose adds meat to the myth. This book is a stunning accomplishment of writing.

Candice millard's river of the gods tells the story of two men and their quest to find the longest river in the world. The book describes their travails as they search for the source of the white nile. Millard paints a clear picture of the jealousies,...  Read More

Richard burton and john hanning speke are two english explorers who made names for themselves by exploring darkest africa in the 1850s. Burton was a linguist and explorer and speke was his sometimes partner and then rival. The two protagonists, burton...  Read More

This book chronicles the plethora of individuals involved in those explorations. And yet, the greatest foe they will face is the “green-eyed monster” of envy.

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The british under the auspices of the royal geographical society sent explorers to map out various portions of the world with t...  Read More

Millard spent five years sifting through archives and traveling the world to write it and she ended up with the best book i’ve ...  Read More

While this book does him more justice than past accounts it does not treat his story with the kind of rigor and detail given to...  Read More

At any rate my previous reads of millards work noted a perceptive eye a great ability to weave tedious material into an engagin...  Read More


This book like millards earlier book river of doubt should have been a fivestar book

Its possible these elements of his life werent detailed because this book centers on the hunt for the source of the nile but th...  Read More


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    Of course river of the gods is really not about the nile as much as about the rivalry between a great explorer richard burton and his protege john speke who probably was also a great explorer if less than a great person

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    I do wish shed turn from the challenge of nature to the challenge of man just a bit

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    Halfway through the novel big print nice maps historical photos

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    Favorite quote “nothing” he wrote “vexes the mind so much as feeling one’s self injured in a way that cannot be prevented or avenged

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    This book is narrative nonfiction which means it’s nonfiction but reads like a story

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    Not a terribly interesting exploration story

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    The hardships endured by speke and richard burton of entry into mecca fame were unspeakable to make a bad pun

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    In the present day they would be declared insane to take a second trip to such a godforsaken land

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