David Livingstone: His Life and Letters
by George Seaver

A tightly-written, 600-page biography of a man who was so active that many adventures had to be glossed over. He had incredible determination and stamina. He tried to put his religious beliefs into practice with all the energy and intelligence he possessed (which was a lot). He was a minister and medical doctor (like Albert Schweitzer). He was a geologist, anthropologist, navigator, map maker, explorer, trail blazer, botanist, zoologist. linguist, fund raiser, author, and celebrity.

He was not an abstract thinker or scholar like Schweitzer. He was a man of action. He was extremely perceptive and recorded incredible amounts of observations about plants, animals, geology, native languages and customs, and the geography of Africa. I would like to read his journals.

Year Read: 1986

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