I just finished this biography and thought it was great. Burton was not exactly the most politically correct person but, taking into account this was the middle of the 19th century with the British Empire at its peak, maybe you can overlook his "foibles". As someone who thinks that no matter how far you travel in this world today..... no matter how desolated and barren the landscape is.... I believe that you would hack through the jungle undergrowth with your machete... only to find a couple of flashpacking gap-year students posting updates to their blogs! This guy Burton was a true pioneer and total maverick. Highly recommended.