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African Game Trails: An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist (Capstick Adventure Library) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, July 15, 1988


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This Book Is Bound with "Deckle Edge" Paper
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  • Series: Capstick Adventure Library
  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (July 15, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312021518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312021511
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Hathaway Capstick, former Wall Street stockbroker turned professional adventurer, has been critically acclaimed as the successor to Hemingway and Ruark in African hunting literature. After hunting in Central and South America, Capstick went to Africa in 1968, where the New Jersey-born writer continues to live. He has held professional hunting licenses in four countries, and served as a game officer. He has written seven exciting books on Africa, including Death in the Long Grass, Peter Capstick's Africa, and The Last Ivory Hunter: The Saga of Wally Johnson. He's also featured in an award-winning safari video and audio tapes.

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I finally got around to reading this book.
Donald F. Ketcham
I think it would be great for some conservation biologist to expound upon Roosevelt's observations of African wildlife.
Enjolras
Theodore Roosevelt has captured life on the safari brilliantly in this wonderfully written book.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Chris M. Inguanti on January 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Theodore Roosevelt has captured life on the safari brilliantly in this wonderfully written book. Having been to Kenya three times myself, I was able to relive my own experiences on the Dark Continent through T.R.'s words. He "shot" Africa with the use of his Springfield and Winchester, and I through my Minolta. But the excitement and adrenaline rush of viewing the magnificent beasts of the wild may be captured in similar ways. T.R.'s vivid descriptions of his adventures makes this depiction of Africa come to life. Through his use of graphic details of kills, life on safari, and portrayals of the people themselves makes this book worth reading. At times, I found it nearly impossible to put down. T.R. outdid himself with this one, and those who have never been to Africa, may be tempted upon the completion of this novel. I applaud this effort and recommend "African Game Trails" to anyone...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mike DiSalvo on December 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A great book, detail the Roosevelt Expedition for the SMithsonian Institute. Teddy and his son Kermit travel almost the length of Afirca in a grand year long safari. They encounter all of the Big 5 adn the lesser aniamls as well. Teddy's observations of native customs and people are quite revealing for a New York raised politician! The Roosevelts hunted with some of the premier big game hunter of the era, Selous, Percival, the Hill brothers etc. This book is not to be missed,it is an important book on Afica but more so on Roosevelt. I recommend it highly.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chris Couch on September 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Our 26th President undertakes a safari in East Africa after completing his term in office. He thouroughly covers what he sees and encounters on his trek across Africa, lasting almost a year. His descriptions of the animals, natives and geography takes you to primitive Africa before television and the Discovery Channel. Not only a good hunting tale but a revealing look at the man himself through his own eyes. Roosevelt's 1909 opinions on hunting, race relations and other current pertinent topics is revealing. It makes one consider the change in our country and its premier politicians over the past 90 years. Read the book, open your imagination and let Roosevelt take you to an Africa that no longer exists.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Not only was the 26th president of the United States a great politician, and one of the most beloved men of all time he was also an adventure and an explore. To be able to read such a compelling work as African Game trails in a time when many of us have forgotten or never known what the country was once like is should be regarded as a treat to all. In this stunningly well writen work Theordore Roosevelt chronicals the year he spent on Safari in Africa detaling the preperations for such as trip as well as its undertaking and himself. This book is an excellent portrat of not only Africa but the man himself.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ein Kunde on May 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is no literary masterpiece, it has no great theme or thesis; rather it is like what you might have heard if you had the opportunity to converse at length with Roosevelt, but that makes this a very good book. You hear his African stories, his opinions, his knowledge of animals and hunting. The book proceeds chronologically and contains many excellent descriptions of tracking and hunting African game (these might become redundant for some readers). Readers might also be disturbed by his description of what he perceived as the inferiority of certain African peoples, and the need for Africans to be "civilized" through European rule. He also believed in the rightness of making parts of Africa (the best parts of course) a "white man's country" for European settlers, though he insists that "the African native should be treated fairly"--how this would be accomplished is not discussed. Still...
"African Game Trails" is a wonderful book for anyone interested in East Africa in the early 1900's, or for anyone interested in Theodore Roosevelt. It was his love of the outdoors, of nature, and of hunting (not contridictions in his time) that led Roosevelt to spend a significant amount of his life in the world's wide open spaces away from "civilization". It is clear that he, like many great thinkers (Beethoven comes to mind), found solace and renewal in the fresh air and quiet of plains, forests, and mountains. He spent almost a year on his African safari. His book was the first by an American to popularize the idea of recreational travel in Africa (still considered a daunting prospect by many Americans today). The prose is easy to read and makes one want to keep reading.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Minnick on November 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Not being very good with a gun, having little outdoorsman skills, and not being in the best shape of my life, reading this book was better than being there. If I was there, I would miss the animals, I would be too tired to enjoy it, and besides all of that, Africa is not as it was 100 years ago.
I have just begun to reread this book, and I don't know how many times this is. I enjoy it each and every time I pick it up.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By suetonius on November 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In 1909, just after the end of his term as President, Theodore Roosevelt traveled to Africa for a year long safari.The trip was a major undertaking ; hundreds of porters were needed to carry his baggage. Roosevelt's son, Kermit came along, taking photographs which are reproduced in the book. Roosevelt and company bag hundred of animals. It appears that all hunting rules were suspended for the ex-president. Roosevelt and son are soon blasting away at anything and everything that comes into view. British East Africa is described in terms that make today's politically correct readers wince. Attitudes have changed dramatically in less than one hundred years. It is odd to hear Roosevelt describe parts of Africa as a "white man's country," suitable for large scale settlement by Europeans. The book bogs down and I was unable to read it without skimming through some parts. The descriptions of marching through wilderness and chasing after game on foot and on horseback seem to go on forever. There is a lot of great infomation here even if it is necessary to become your own editor by skipping though tedious parts.
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