A compulsively readable account of a journey to the congo a country virtually inaccessible to the outside world vividly told by a daring and adventurous journalist ever since stanley first charted its mighty river in the 1870s the congo has epitomized the dark and turbulent history of a . Blood river a journey to africas broken heart also published as blood river the terrifying journey through the worlds most dangerous country is a 2007 book by british journalist and writer tim butcher background and synopsis blood river was written after butcher was . His extraordinary book blood river a journey to africas broken heart describes a country with more past than present where giant steamboats lie rotting in the advancing forest and children hear stories from their grandfathers of days when cars once drove by. Tim butchers memoir blood river a journey to africas broken heart recounts his travels along the 2500 kilometer congo river following in the footsteps of henry morton stanleys first trans african expedition 1874 1877 which was the first successful attempt by europeans to determine the origin of the congo river several of its . Photo courtesy of the bbc reviewed by richard west recently i gazed at a map of the world and fondly remembered countries visited sites seen people met divine meals devoured memorable mementoes purchased and also the unpleasantness of trips luggage lost vigorous bigotries delhi belly esque illnesses
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