Steve Kemper is the author of A Labyrinth of Kingdoms: 10,000 Miles Through Islamic Africa and Code Name Ginger, as well as many articles for national magazines. He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut.
West Hartford, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
November 25, 1951
Place of Birth:
B.A., University of Detroit, 1973; Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 1980
A Labyrinth of Kingdoms: 10,000 Miles through Islamic Africa 5 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book, one that took me off on a safari expedition
into West Africa and never let go. Barth produced such an amazing
amount of detail on his travels that it has taken over 100 years to
appreciate it. His work is relevant today in ways we may not still know
especially relating to climate change. For those with an interest in
Africa's history, this book lifts the veil of mystery. It is an
absolute must read. 5 stars
7 months ago
Dispels many of the myths of slavery. What a man this explorer must have been. Ranks with Sir Richard Burton in the annals of African exploration. A great read
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More than 1 year ago
Excellent. Despite some gratutitous critique of (later) imperial policeis in Africa, this is a compelling read about a little known area and exploration. Kemper carries the reader along as though reading a suspense novel and, although the explorer Barth's warts are plainly exposed, he is ultimately a sympatetic hero.
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