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The Man-Eaters of Tsavo Paperback – September 4, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1461036272 ISBN-10: 1461036275

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461036275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461036272
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Colonel John Henry Patterson (1865–1947) was an Anglo-Irish soldier, hunter, and author. After overseeing construction of the Uganda Railroad in Tsavo, he became chief game warden in Kenya. He later served with the British Army in World War I. He is the author of In the Grip of Nyika, With the Zionists in Gallipoli, and With the Judeans in the Palestine Campaign. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Such a great read and a favorite on my shelf that I will dip into often.
Texanna
The story about the famous Tsavo lions is only about 100 pages, the rest detail his other adventures in country.
RedExpress
Interesting and informative book about the true "The Ghost and the Darkness" story!
Lindzy Upp

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew J. Ausley on July 29, 2013
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This book is a fascinating real life story of a time when men were men and the world was yet to be fully explored. It is so much more than the basis of the movie "The Ghost and the Darkness". It has many interesting stories about the frontier of Africa, the creatures who live there, the rigors of surviving in their habitat, and the deadly unpredictability that reigned there.

If you are sensitive to the killing of animals for sport, this may not be the book for you. However, despite the trophy hunting of some now-endangered species, Patterson went on to manage massive wildlife preserves in order to maintain the wilderness for the enjoyment and prosperity of future generations. A very interesting and informative read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott J. Flanders on June 29, 2013
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Patterson was a badass. A great firsthand account of an incredibly cool, brave and quick witted individual. A intriguing glimpse into another time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Evalee I. Treen on September 23, 2013
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Great book about what happened when building the railroad in Kenya, really learned the facts from this book, Tsavo NATIONAl Park still has lots of lions in it, but not man eaters.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Thomas G. Matowitz Jr. on March 29, 2014
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I searched for a copy of this book for a long time. I regret to say that I found it to be a real let down. The account of the man eaters of Tsavo involved less than a third of the book. Thereafter it quickly degenerated into a catalog of murdered animals. Patterson refers to them as " brutes " who died snarling " viciously ". No wonder - many of them were gravely wounded by Patterson's poor marksmanship and were forced to linger until he finally got around to killing them.
He describes an incident involving a misfire - it wasn't anything of the kind. His gun failed to fire because Patterson neglected to cock it, something he freely admits. It's remarkable that he lived to write this book.
Patterson appears to have been a charter member of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand school of hunting. By the time this book was over I found myself rooting for the animals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom Armstrong on March 9, 2014
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It pains me to give this only two stars, as this is a fantastic story of perseverance and determination and an interesting look at life in colonial Africa. Unfortunately this edition is just terrible. The publisher must print these off a digital microfiche or something because the pagination is all messed up. Also there are references to pictures, but no pictures in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RedExpress on July 21, 2014
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Back in high school, we watched the movie "The Ghost and the Darkness" starring Val Kilmer (great movie by the way) and I was interested in the story. Then several years after that I happened to be in the Field Museum in Chicago and saw the real lions which again peaked my interest. But that was a number of years ago. I'm not sure why I started thinking about the story again, but I did. I began looking for a book on the topic.

This book is the account by the original hunter and adventurer himself. It is a direct, to the point tale. There are no story frills here and it can get dry if you are not particularly interested. I was surprised to find all of the fine photographs of the animals, people and landscapes. The author clearly was very excited about telling his tale and tried to explain everything in good detail, probably many years later leaning a lot on notes from the time, perhaps a diary.

I know there are a lot of negative reviews out there about his character. I suppose it goes without saying that if you are a member of PETA, this is not a book for you. Some reviewers didn't seem to understand that while in Africa, people studied wildlife by interacting and hunting it. Patterson was a brave man, clearly interested in animals and the wilderness. However he learned about his world in a different way than say Jane Goodall. You just have to be aware that he kills many animals throughout the book, but mentions many times how he respects the creatures.

To sum it up, if you are offended by hunting, DO NOT buy this book. If you enjoy true tales of heroism, engineering and life in the wilderness, I would buy this book. It was a fast read as the old font is large and the pictures are numerous. The story about the famous Tsavo lions is only about 100 pages, the rest detail his other adventures in country.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lindzy Upp on June 11, 2013
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Interesting and informative book about the true "The Ghost and the Darkness" story! Very glad I bought this wonderful book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Texanna on May 8, 2014
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John Henry Patterson became a hero of mine after reading this book! His bravery and perseverance in an unfathomable place and circumstance is inspiring in a day and age when we complain about trivial matters. Such a great read and a favorite on my shelf that I will dip into often.
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