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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Stein and Day; First Edition edition (1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812812506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812812503
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Clarke (b. London 1934) has been a daily newspaperman in Britain, New Zealand and South Africa for most of his adult life. He is the author of 30 non-fiction books published in New York, London and South Africa.
In 1968 he wrote his first natural science book - "Man is he Prey" (London and New York) which examined the motives and methods of man-eaters and man-killers and was a best seller in the United States.
He had an abrupt switch in careers during the 1992 South African political crisis when he was asked to provide a daily dose of humour to cheer people up. Since then he has written nine books of humour .
His humour column - "Stoep Talk" in the Johannesburg Star - is now more than 20 years old.
His latest book is "Blazing Saddles" - an account of how, annually, he has led a band of six fellow newspapermen to explore "Darkest Europe and bring back to Africa tales of the funny natives there". An electronic version was published last year by Amazon under the title "Blazing Bicycle Saddles".
This will be followed in 2013 by two other books: "The Yellow Six" and "S*x for the Extremely Shy".
Another of his books - this one a serious natural science work investigating the rural African's view of wildlife - has just been published: "Save me from the Lion's Mouth.
Clarke lives north of Johannesburg,

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
So you thought the elephants down at the zoo were cute did ya? Ever know that in 1944 one zoo elephant ate its keeper! What about those harmless hippos they look cute in those cartoons but in Africa they're known as the most meanest animal on the continent. This book isn't for the PETA crowd and it is far from politically correct but it is a fascinating look at animals eating and attacking man! Turn about is fair play and with out our firearms and sometimes even with them we're still one of the slowest weakest members of the animal kingdom. Read and enjoy!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
James Clarke has a writing style that can hold the attention of even the most dicriminating of readers. I have recommended this book to many friends and without exception they have all come away with a certain amount of awe at the realization that, we as modern men, seem all to often to have forgetten: that we are simply protein to many animals, in many parts of the world today. Clarke gets away from the false and foolish notion that is propagated by many "bunny huggers" and "Disneyites" today. Namely, that wild animals are really just lovable furry critters that are waiting for someone to pet them. He is very, very objective and gives the facts on malevolent animal/human relations in a way that is not dry and bland the way many are presented nowdays. He does this by quoting many sources newspapers, naturalists, hunters, explorers and many official and medical records. Above all, I came away from this book with the feeling that I had been given the facts and allowed to makeup my own mind instead of someone making it up for me!! Oh, and read the book to find out what animal is the greatest Man-Killer of all time. You'll be suprised!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
James Clarke has a writing style that is able to hold anyones interest. I have recommended this book to many friends and without exception they have all come away with a certain amount of awe at the realization that, we as modern men, seem all to often to forget: that we are simply protein to many animals in many parts of the world today. Clarke gets away from the false and foolish idea that is propagated by many "bunny huggers" and "Disneyites" that wild animals are really lovable furry critters that are just waiting for someone to pet them. He is very, very objective and gives the facts on malevolent animal/human relations. He does this by quoting many sources newspapers, naturalists, hunters, explorers and many official and medical records. Above all, I came away from this book with the feeling that I had been given the facts and allowed to makeup my own mind insted of someone making it up for me!! Oh, and read the book to find out what animal is the greatest Man-Killer of all time. You'll be suprised!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
To keep it short, I was handed this book when I was 10yrs of age, by a father who worked in the herpetarium. Not only did it, and even now as an adult, shock me, it made me give nature a greater respect. An excellent read for naturilists and those curious to animal nature in the extreme.
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By Darlene R. Kaufmann on September 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
Tells of the struggle between man and animal(s) in horiffic detail. At times it sounds like a safety guide for the great white hunter of the early 1900's and earlier. Also of teriffic historical value. This is a wonderful book and I recommend it to anyone who loves to read all books (with the exception of romance novels as a choice of entertainment, you may not like this particular tombe). This book had me on the edge of my seat and saying "holey s#%@" the whole time and struck up some interesting and involved conversations in the break room at work! I loved it but I guess I won't be wanting to visit Africa or Asia in this lifetime! Humans are enough danger for me! Great book!!!
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