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Prepare to embark upon a breathtaking adventure, brimming with hair-raising rescues, impossible quests, danger, discovery, catastrophe, mutiny, and uncompromising love -- all the more remarkable because every word is true. Acclaimed New York Times and Los Angeles Times Notable author Pat Shipman now brings to vivid life the times and great achievements of a singular explorer, a woman of unparalleled courage and spirit who helped redefine her world.

Florence Szász was a child in Eastern Europe when she witnessed the slaughter of her family during the Hungarian revolution. After the war, she was kidnapped from a refugee camp in the Ottoman Empire and sold to be raised for the harem. In 1859, at age fourteen, she stood before a room full of men and waited to be auctioned to the highest bidder. But slavery and submission were not to be her destiny; one of the assembled was moved by compassion and an immediate, overpowering empathy for the helpless young woman. His name was Sam Baker, a wealthy English gentleman and eminent adventurer who braved extraordinary perils to aid her escape. Ultimately they would wed and venture together into some of the most inaccessible regions on Earth.

At this tender age, Florence Baker had already seen and experienced more than most women of the Victorian era. But the greatest adventures were still before her. By the side of the man who had set her free -- and whose love would remain passionate and constant for the remainder of their lives -- she forged ahead into literally uncharted territory. Together, they confronted disease, starvation, and hostile tribesman, surviving the cruel ravages of beasts and nature in a glorious attempt to unravel a mysterious and magnificent enigma called Africa. They returned to England to enjoy the accolades of a society that, if Florence's past became known, would condemn her as a prostitute.

Adorned with striking photographs, maps, and illustrations, Pat Shipman's To the Heart of the Nile is an extraordinary achievement -- an unforgettable portrait of an unforgettable woman; a story of discovery, bravery, determination, and love, meticulously reconstructed through journals, documents, and private papers, and told in the inimitable narrative style that has already won this author resounding international acclaim.

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A revealing "personality profile" self-test and Littauer's insightful advice help readers better understand themselves and others. A best-seller.

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  • Area all-district football honorees

    Offensive newcomer of the year: Shea Baker, soph., T, Cedar Ridge. First-team offense: Jason Anastasiades, jr., OL, Cameron Yoe; Ethan Bowers, soph., OL, Florence; Josh Duncan, sr., OL, Little River-Academy; Dillian Ford, sr., OL, Rockdale

  • George Washington upsets No. 11 Wichita St, 60-54

    12/25/14 ,via WMBF

    Ron Baker, their leading scorer, was held to nine points on 4-of-12 shooting. He made only one 3-pointer in six attempts. George Washington coach Mike Lonergan had Watanabe and Savage trade off at the top because of all the running involved. Savage 


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  • Morning Star: Florence Baker's diary of the expedition to put down the slave trade on the Nile, 1870-1873

    1972. 240 pages.

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  • Florence C. Schrader

    12/24/14 ,via Reporter

    She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Florence married Wayne Schrader, who survives, on April 12, 1986, in Lakeville. She is also survived by her children, Darryll Baker of Annandale, Va., Dennis Baker of Greenwood, and Kimberli (Baker ...

  • Donna Lashwood, 85, of Huron

    12/24/14 ,via Plainsman

    Visit Donna Baker was born Feb. 3, 1929, to Fred W. and Florence (Judd) Baker at Estelline. She attended Huron High School. On March 18, 1947, she married Morris Lashwood at Draper. They moved to Chamberlain then to Huron in 1948.

  • Kenneth Baker

    12/23/14 ,via

    and his dog, Willie "Bean." He was preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca. Kenneth was born on July 14, 1948, in Iowa City, the son of Harlan and Florence Gideon Baker. He married Rebecca A. Wehde on March 14, 1974, in Iowa City. Rebecca passed away in 2003.


Samuel Baker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sir Samuel White Baker, KCB, FRS, FRGS (8 June 1821 – 30 December 1893) was a British explorer, officer, naturalist, big game hunter, engineer, writer and abolitionist.

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Florence Baker Florence (Muslick) Baker, 93, of Jackson Township passed away Wednesday at UPMC Passavant Hospital, in McCandless Township. Born Aug. 12, 1919, in ...

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