"An authoritative and colorful study of African safaris that will appeal to armchair adventurers and history buffs alike." (Wall Street Journal)
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By Ben on 01-05-11
Excitement and Tragedy go hand-in-hand
White Hunters is a nostalgic insight into the lives of some of the most influential hunters and conservationists to shape the reputation and history of East Africa.
I am not a hunter, but a conservationist and naturalist. Hunting is an imporatnt, indeed crucial, component of conservation in Africa and this audiobook chronicles the events that led to the beginings of Wildlife Conservation, the National Parks service and today's Photo Safaris. But it is more than this, 'White Hunters' is a rolling adventure story, pockmarked with passion, intrigue, excitment and tragedy.
I must admit, I was hoping for a 'Capstick-style' series of adventures and was initially slightly disappointed with the all-too-brief descriptions of wildlife encounters, but as I got into the book, it became clear that, like my fellow reviewer here, no additional sensationalism was needed.
I have only given this a 4/5, because I ocassioanlly wished there was additional detail to go with the Safari Adventures, and although that would make the book double its already-long-length, it would be even more of a joy.
This is an audiobook for those interested in Colonial History, Hunting, Wildlife, Real Adventure and most importantly, Africa.
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By Nils on 17-09-09
This unabridged insight into the history of big game hunting takes you straight to the heart of Africa, once famous names like Carr-Hartley and Selous are bought to life by the fantastically clipped colonial tones of the narrator. Unlike authors of the genre such as Capstick it doesn't over dramatise the events, they don't need it, it simply sets the scene and tells the story. Despite being written by a "Big White Hunter" it sympathetically deals with the socio-political issues that shaped much of Africa and that where ultimately to do more damage to the pursuit of big game than any poacher ( or well meaning conservationalist) ever could. A simply superb epithet to a bye gone age.
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By Stephen on 12-01-07
A fascinating account ....
Having lived in Africa and hunted I found this reading evocative of a time now past and, sadly, of lands now devastated by war & famine.
It is a fascinating account, beautifully read, of a lifestyle that is now just a part of the history of colonial Africa. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone who has the remotest interesting in hunting, whether in Africa or elsewhere.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Neville on 20-01-08
This is a must read for anyone interseted in Big Game hunting past and present and is not just a score board of animals killed. It gives a great insight into the Africa of the first half of the 20th century. If you enjoy reading Capstick then this is for you. The author has a vast knowledge of his subject and I highly recommend this title
5 of 5 people found this review helpful