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Barbara R. (Crop4Fun) reviewed Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton: The Secret Agent Who Made the Pilgrimage to Mecca, Discovered the Kama Sutra and Brought the Arabian Nights to T on + 1217 more book reviews
Traces the Victorian explorer's quest for the source of the Nile, his travels through multiple continents, his often dangerous infiltration into forbidden cities, and his discovery and translations of the Kama Sutra and Arabian Knights.
One of history's most romantic characters, Burton (1821-1890) merits this definitive biography for his substantial accomplishments alone, unembellished by his adventures. But Rice covers every facet: scholar, author, scientist, soldier, explorer, British undercover agent, and advocate for women's sexual liberation. Burton's travels covered India, Pakistan, Nepal, Iran, Arab countries and more.