Crazy River by Richard Grant
Exploration and Folly in East Africa

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NO ONE TRAVELS QUITE LIKE RICHARD GRANT and, really, no one should. In his last book, the adventure classic God’s Middle Finger, he narrowly escaped death in Mexico’s lawless Sierra Madre. Now, Grant has plunged with his trademark recklessness, wit, and curiosity into East Africa. Setting out to make the first descent of an unexplored river in Tanzania, he gets waylaid in Zanzibar by thieves, whores, and a charismatic former golf pro before crossing the Indian Ocean in a rickety cargo boat. And then the real adventure begins. Known to local tribes as “the river of bad spirits,” the Malagarasi River is a daunting adversary even with a heavily armed Tanzanian crew as travel companions. Dodging bullets, hippos, and crocodiles, Grant finally emerges in war-torn Burundi, where he befriends some ethnic street gangsters and trails a notorious man-eating crocodile known as Gustave. He concludes his journey by interviewing the dictatorial president of Rwanda and visiting the true source of the Nile. Gripping, illuminating, sometimes harrowing, often hilarious, Crazy River is a brilliantly rendered account of a modern-day exploration of Africa, and the unraveling of Grant’s peeled, battered mind as he tries to take it all in.

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Richard Grant is an award-winning travel writer who has published his work in Men's Journal, Esquire, and Details, among others. He is also the author of American Nomads and God's Middle Finger. Grant currently lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Published October 25, 2011 by Free Press. 354 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The journey nearly destroyed him: “Africa had ground away at my sanity and well-being.” In Grant’s Africa, verdant plains had become a “devastated moonscape” due to cattle overgrazing, mammoth slums overwhelmed cities overseen by corrupt leaders who got fat on the spoils of the Western “aid indus...

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Part analysis, part a journey of adventure with inevitable mishap, he sets out from Zanzibar, goes through East Africa, ends in Rwanda, and comes away baffled.

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When he hears of an unexplored and mysterious river in Tanzania, an exhilarating journey that leads to the very source of the River Nile ensues.

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Grant thought this interest would be limited to reading the tales of others, but in 2006 he discovered a river in Africa that had yet to be explored: the Malagarasi River, the second longest river in Tanzania which eventually led to the source of the Nile.

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