I have many of Col. Boddington's books, including the original (1990) edition of Safari Rifles. That book has always been enjoyable and informative but, like any reference in an ever-changing field, came to need updating in several areas. Without leaving anything behind, the "2" edition accomplishes this goal, especially in accounting for recent advances in hunting bullet technology and the effect of these improvements on the hunter's choice of cartridges for his game. Also, along with notes about many new chamberings which did not exist when the original edition was published, an interesting modern addition is a discussion of the revived availability and economics of double rifles and their ammunition, formerly so rare as to be collectors' items in many cases. And as in the earlier edition, one of Boddington's most unusual and entertaining inclusions is his survey of modern professional hunters as to their opinions regarding the best equipment for incoming clients. The "2" edition contains both his 1989 survey results and updates as of 2007, allowing one to see how the professionals' impressions have evolved over the course of two decades of equipment advance and changes to habit and game availability.
As to style, Boddington is no O'Connor or Cooper, and his prose, doubtless by long editorial enforcement, smacks of "gun magazine," but he is nevertheless clear and pleasant in his delivery.
On a personal note, I have the honor of a hunting acquaintance with Ross Seyfried, longtime gun writer and expert on hunting generally and African heavy rifles in particular. Evidently a gentlemanly war of words simmers between these two authors. Regarding Col. Boddington's mention (page 105) of a heated disagreement with Ross over Hornady's reintroduction of a (not "the").450/.400 double rifle cartridge, all I can say is...yes, there are two sides to it!