Blood River by Tim Butcher
A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart

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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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Born in 1967, Tim Butcher was on the staff of the Daily Telegraph from 1990 to 2009 serving as chief war correspondent, Africa bureau chief, and Middle East correspondent. His first book, Blood River, was a number one bestseller in the UK, a Richard & Judy Book Club selection and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He is currently based in Cape Town with his family.
 
Published September 15, 2009 by Grove Press. 396 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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As one of his interlocutors, a town mayor, says, “I can pay no civil servants because I have no money and there is no bank or post office where money could be received, and we have no civil servants because all the schools and hospitals and everything do not work.” Nonetheless, Butcher finds a fe...

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When the United Nations Security Council addresses these international problems, the question it ends up addressing is not 'What is the right thing to do' but 'What is the least we can do?'" I've focused here on the analytical and historical aspects of Blood River, because that is what interests...

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By motorcycle, by riverboat, sometimes on foot, Butcher completes his journey - finding a Congo of incredible deprivation.

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The Democratic Republic of Congo has been in the news of late — although certainly still much less than it deserves to be given its unfortunate status as the site of "Africa's first world war", and the place where 45,000 people continue to die every month from violence, disease and starvation.

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the Congo (formerly the Belgian Congo, later Zaire) by motorbike,.

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Summary: Recreating Stanley's epic expedition through the Congo & along its eponymous river, Tim Butcher explores the modern country and its history.

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