The Strong Brown God: The Story of the Niger River - Sanche de GramontHoughton Mifflin Company, 1976, Paperback.
Condition: Good. Slight soiling to the foot of the text block. The top corner of some leaves lightly creased. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;
From the cover: “They crossed impossible deserts. They were assaulted by thieves and left for dead. They went mad. They murdered. They starved. Allies in a hard and lonely mission, they quarrelled and accused each other of homosexuality, living in separate tents and communicating by letter. They ran out of water and drank their own blood to stay alive.
The Strong Brown God is the true story of a handful of obsessed explorers who fought man and nature to find and open the mighty, mysterious Niger River as little as one hundred years ago. “A magnificent book”, raved the San Francisco Examiner when Houghton Mifflin first published it in 1976. Pulitzer Prize-winner Sanche de Gramont has written an epic history with a racing pulse — a history that makes the same lasting impression on the reader that it made on the fate of West Africa.”