Booktalk: Maritime historian Andrew Jampoler’s “Congo”

After a long and adventurous naval career, Andrew Jampoler has authored 7 books that are often about obscure pieces of US Naval history. “Congo: The Miserable Expeditions and Dreadful Death of Lt. Emory Taunt, USN” tells the true story of a young American naval officer on a mission up the Congo River in May 1885. As part of his research, Jampoler and his son spent five weeks in a small boat traveling 1,400 miles down this same river.

This interview took place on the high seas of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of West Africa in a ship where Jampoler gave multimedia lectures about this area’s past and present. We were sailing on the Regent Explorer from Lisbon, Portugal to Cape Town, South Africa.


Top authors are interviewed on this 10-minute program that captures their words about their books and ideas and often the story behind the story. The show, hosted by Diana Korte and engineered by Gene Korte, has been in production for over 20 years.