Here is the amazing
true story of Julian Smith, who retraced the journey of legendary British
explorer Ewart “the Leopard” Grogan, the first man to cross the length of
Africa, in hopes of winning the heart of the woman he loved.
In 1898 the dashing young British explorer Ewart “the
Leopard” Grogan was in love. In order to prove his mettle to his beloved—and
her aristocratic stepfather—he set out on a quest to become the first person to
walk across Africa, “a feat hitherto thought by many explorers to be
impossible” (New York Times, 1900).
In 2007 thirty-five-year-old
American journalist Julian Smith faced a similar problem with his girlfriend of
six years … and decided to address it in the same way Grogan had more than a
hundred years before: he was going to retrace the Leopard’s 4,500-mile journey
for love and glory through the lakes, volcanoes, savannas, and crowded modern
cities of Africa.
Crossing the Heart of Africa is the
unforgettable account of twin adventures, as Julian beautifully interweaves his
own contemporary journey with Grogan’s larger-than-life tale of charging
elephants, cannibal attacks, deadly jungles, and romantic triumph.
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