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October 25, 2011

On Heinrich Barth, exploration, Africa, travel, history, and writing.


  1. September 23, 2013 9:40 AM EDT
    Just finished "A Labyrinth of Kingdoms". I consider myself well-read and have heard of Stanley, Livingston, Burton and others but never of Barth. You have shed light on an undeservedly forgotten tower of exploration. A great book and an awesome job. Thanks so very much.
    - Charles
  2. October 23, 2018 3:04 AM EDT
    I first heard of Heinrich Barth reading The Book Smugglers of Timbuctu. It is good to spend more time with him and get to know him better.

    The book is well written, informative and entertaining although regular digs at 'whites'/Europeans in the style of political correctness are unnecessary and irritating.

    Stick to facts, like Barth. It makes for a better book.
    - Roslyn Ross
  3. October 24, 2018 10:34 AM EDT
    Thanks for taking the time to post a note, Roslyn. I'm glad you enjoyed the book and Barth. I'm puzzled by your comment that I should stick to the facts. I always do.
    - Steve Kemper


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