The Man-Eaters of Tsavo

The Man-Eaters of Tsavo

by John Henry Patterson

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Overview

The classic man-eating story of the lions that halted construction of a railway line an reportedly killed one hundred people, told by the man who risked his life to successfully shoot them. Considered one of the greatest man-eating sagas of all time, this book is the firsthand account of the infamous Tsavo lions. Written by the legendary officer who shot these lions and risked death several times in the attempt, this is not only the story of this breathtaking hunt, but of Lieutenant-Colonel Patterson's other adventures in the African bush.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604597455
Publisher: Wilder Publications
Publication date: 06/20/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 118,949
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Peter Hathaway Capstick grew up in rural New Jersey and soon learned to love the outdoors and wildlife. After a career on Wall Street, he decided to heed his sense of adventure and become a professional hunter, first in the rain forests of Latin America and then in Central Africa. He now lives in South Africa, where he is a successful outdoor writer and the author of Death in the Long Grass, Death in the Silent Places, Death in the Dark Continent, and Safari: The Last Adventure, all published by St. Martin's Press.

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The Man-Eaters of Tsavo 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent first-hand account of a grueling game of cat and mouse. Accompanied by excellent photgraphs taken by the author and his crew. Strangely, though, the demise of the lions occurs halfway through the book, leaving the remaining 150 pages or so to tell of the constuction of the railroad bridge and serve as a sort of anthropological study of the people, surroundings and environment. Very Hemingway-esque in its setting and mood but electrified by the fact that it is a first-hand account of true events.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book to read about how they killed the lions. They are dead less then halfway through the book! This book seems to have been written to inflate Patterson's ego. Capstick is a much better author if you are looking to read about Africa.
TWardell More than 1 year ago
The story of the Man-Eaters of Tsavo is completed by the 14th chapter and the rest of the book is about Patterson as some great white hunter. Rather depressing to find the story advertised in the title was done about a quarter into the book.
redfan More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Sir Peter Hathaway Capstick, the greatest big game hunter of the 20th century. He edited this book which was enough for me to give it a try. Like most books about africa, you have to take your time because there's so many hard words to pronounce. Believe me, if you like big game hunting and you like Capstick; you'll love this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patterson does wonders with this book. He's on the same level as Hemingway, Capstick, and Kipling. This book is for anyone looking for some good insight into the hunting life in Africa.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A positively bone-chilling book.For brave readers only!
ertreada on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I like to read book about the Dark Continent. This book explains in detail how as a professional hunter, J.H. Paterson tracked and killed the two male lions that were killing and eating railroad workers in Uganda. This true story is the basis for the blockbuster movie The Ghost and The Darkness staring Kirk Douglass and Val Kilmer. Like most books that have been made into a movie this book is much better, and gives a more historical view point.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clearly Patterson is not the most gifted author, this is more of a published journal. But it's a cool look at an adventurous job from a point of view that is long lost.
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