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The Man-Eaters of Tsavo Paperback – September 4, 2013
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The Man-Eaters of Tsavo (Peter Capstick Libary Series).
Publisher: St. Martins Press, 1985. 384 pages.
When The Man-Eaters of Tsavo was originally published in 1907, it contained a wealth of photos and a map. Photos appeared on every two to three pages. These photos showed many local scenes, as well as the infamous lions. These photos are very valuable for establishing a sense of place that words alone can't do. Beware of inexpensive reprints that omit all the photos and the map. The quality of the photo reproductions is not great in the Capstick Library edition. But these are the best looking photos in any edition currently available. This edition is virtually identical to the original book. The page sequence is the same, with only the addition of some new preface pages. This is the book to buy; however, for some strange reason it's hard to find on Amazon. If you search for "tsavo", you'll find used copies of this book at horribly inflated prices. But this book is still in print. Search for "tsavo capstick" and you'll find it--along with very reasonably priced used copies (under $10).
Man Eaters Of Tsavo [Hardcover].
Publisher: St. Martins Press, 1985. 384 pages.
If you search for "tsavo" on Amazon, this is the hardcover edition of this book that you'll find. You'll likely see no trace of the Capstick edition. Well, it's the same book. Unfortunately, "Man Eaters of Tsavo [Hardcover]" is being sold like it's a collector's item, at inflated prices. Don't fall for this. Get the Capstick Library book listed above.
The Man-eaters of Tsavo.
Publisher: SMK Books, 2009. 152 pages.Read more ›
Much to the author's credit he does not belittle or demean the Indians or Africans in any way. He had a camera and took many remarkable photos and eventually became a naturalist of some repute. This book was also the inspiration for the movie Ghost and the Darkness which I thought was also quite good. The two lions he killed are in a museum in Chicago. For the Africa scholar who wants a bit of a different insight into Africa this is a fine addition to one's library.
You may know of the ghastly Burma road building, the bridge over the River Kwai, and all the other twentieth century civil engineering works done under appalling conditions. This tale of "The Man-Eaters of Tsavo" is the daddy of them all, written in the Victorian era over one hundred years ago. But it is still unsurpassed as an example of supreme courage, fortitude and sheer doggedness - the building of the East African railway - from Nowhere to absolutely Nowhere or the Lunatic Line so-called in Britain. It was scheduled to run Mombasa-Victoria-Uganda, in a desperate effort to stamp out slavery by separating the two halfes of the country, and as a barrier against feared German imperialism.
The British Foreign Office sent out engineers, but the labour force was mainly Indians - 35 thousand arrived, out of which remained only one thousand workers hale and hearty to the end. The two Tsavo lions alone devoured some 100 men! The fever-ridden jungle or desert heat caused an unbearably tense situation, with the Indians trying to creep up on the Officers to kill them before they themselves were killed one way or another, and Colonel Patterson trying to kill the dangerous wild beasts. In spite of what must have been terrifying disasters, 580 miles of rails, including the Tsavo Bridge section, were completed. Such the Puplisher cited had no other choice.
What for me, who has seen the Tsavo Bridge and a lot of the descendants of the Tsavo-lions, was mostly astonishing when reading the dramatic account of Patterson, who succeeded in shooting the man-eaters, was the sober-mindedness and containment the author displays when relating this all. Some kind of Victorian aloofness.Read more ›
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This was a very interesting read. If you decide to read this book, keep in mind it was written over a hundred years ago, when the world had different opinions about hunting big... Read morePublished 11 days ago by mdwright
A very interesting and informative story. It really perked my interest and prompted further research on my part.Published 14 days ago by al
Great book. I love the way the English language was spoken so eligently in those days.Published 1 month ago by Bobby King Jr
What else is there to say about this, the most famous book about adventure in the wilds of Africa. A classic tale of adventure!!!Published 1 month ago by Mungo__Park
For people that do not know this story, you will have trouble believing it. It is true and it is free. The lions in this story are in the natural history museum in Chicago.Published 2 months ago by Jim Williamson
An adventure tale told in the best stiff-upper-lip tradition. The first hundred pages or so deal with Patterson's campaign against the Tsavo man-eating lions; the remainder of the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Of an era gone by. When Africa was still very wild and men braved its interior in pursuit of progress.Published 3 months ago by KKTex