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If the captivating smile of a young Hemingway crouched over a lion isn't enough to pull you inside the covers of The Greatest Hunting Stories Ever Told, the remarkable prose you'll find throughout its pages will. Its target is serious writing, and it bags some powerful literary prey. Lamar Underwood, long an editor at Sports Afield and Outdoors, has assembled a stellar collection from the pens of Hemingway (naturally), Faulkner, Turgenev, Thomas McGuane, Vance Bourjaily, Patrick O'Brian, Robert Ruark, and Teddy Roosevelt, all of whose prose hunts for big answers as well as big game.

While clearly addressed to the fraternity of hunters, the essays and stories in this collection transcend the boundaries of the field. McGuane, writing passionately about how the hunt for food defines who we are in "The Heart of the Game," observes, as Sitting Bull did before him, "when the buffalo are gone, we will hunt mice, for we are hunters and we want our freedom." Hemingway, in "Remembering Shooting-Flying," an Esquire column from 1935, keeps world affairs in perspective when he wonders "how the snipe fly in Russia now and whether shooting pheasants is counter-revolutionary." "The Forest and the Steppe" is one of Turgenev's evocative "Hunter's Sketches"; evocative also defines "Mister Howard Was a Real Gent," one of Ruark's marvelous "Old Man and the Boy" contributions to Field & Stream.

Given the overall subject, there is plenty of sporting drama throughout, but also plenty of thoughtful reflection, and absolutely magnificent storytelling, which is as it should be. When you set your sights on the greatest, your aim needs to be true. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Every once in a while, a book publisher comes up with a great concept for a series of books that deserve more than superficial recognition. Such a series is "The Greatest Hunting Stories Ever Told", anthologies that should win places on many bedside tables. On the long winter nights that lie ahead, such stories make great reading."--The Lexington County Chronicle

"This is a book wrapped in adventure with nostalgia, a book with writing that both soothes and crackles. Besides being a solid volume on its own, it serves as a fine introduction to a variety of writers readers may pursue at length" -- St. Mary's Press

"Few would quarrel with the selection of any of the 29 writers included as among the best in the game. ...The stories tell about the planning, the quests, the challenges, and the experiences that make hunting what it is. Hunters will find many passages that bring back recollections of their treasured moments in camp with good friends. Other stories may take readers to place and times they will visit only in their dreams" -- The Conservationist
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Product Details

  • Series: Greatest
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592284825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592284825
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for anyone who enjoys short stories, especially hunting tales. It contains a wide range of content from big game hunting to bird hunting. It also contains a wide range of authors from the classics like Hemingway, Faulkner and Teddy Roosevelt to modern jounalists. This book would make a great gift for a hunting or fishing friend or relative
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The Greatest hunting stories is a book with 29 of the greatest hunting stories. One of the stories I like the best is Black Death. This Story is about a cape buffalo that kills a man so an officer must go find the buffalo and kill it before it kills some one else. To find out the thrilling ending read the book. Another story is Good Morning. This story is about a young kid that shoots his first buck. "This is a exciting and thrilling book. It would be good for any hunter at any age." -A teenager from Mid-Prairie High School.
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Sportsman love short stories that keep our adventurous minds outdoors when we have to be indoors. Lamar Underwood, former editor of Sports Afield and Outdoor Life, has truly assembled a GREAT collection of Hunting Tales from a talented cast of writers whom have lived life to the fullest. If you asked 29 people to pick their favorite tale you could truly get 29 different responces. My favorite would be Jim Corbett's piece titled, "The Thak Man-Eater." If you love the classics than this book belongs in your personal library.
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I bought this for my husband who is an avid hunter. He generally reads magazines and newspapers but I thought he'd like this set of short stories. He's really enjoying it and tells me about some of the best stories. Good choice.
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My college age son who is interested in hunting loved this book. It is full of great hunting story adventures and survival stories. It was like old copies of Field and Stream.
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You might think they were a little full of themselves when they titled this book, but go abead and read it. These stories are great. Well told. It's really a great collection. You will not be disappointed.
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bought this for a retired hunter. He loved the stories. Great book for a gift.
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Gave this as a gift to a friend of mine. He is a big hunter and enjoys watching a lot of hunting shows. He and his wife said the book was very enjoyable.
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