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The Man-Eaters of Tsavo: And Other East African Adventures

The Man-Eaters of Tsavo: And Other East African Adventures [Kindle Edition]

John Henry Patterson

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When the British government undertook the construction of the Uganda Railway through East Africa in 1898, harsh criticism from the press, tremendous amounts of money spent, and rebelliousness of the workers turned out to be the least of the government’s worries. Their biggest obstacle came in the form of two ravenous lions with a taste for human flesh, terrorizing the 35,000 laborers building a railway bridge over the Tsavo River.
After killing more than one hundred-thirty people over the course of nine months, the lions completely halted construction, as the workers were too afraid to continue. Colonel John Henry Patterson, the chief engineer overseeing the project, then took matters into his own hands. An inexperienced hunter at the time, but a courageous and clever man, he took on the beasts and single-handedly brought an end to their nine-month reign of terror.
Patterson’s true account of his gripping and terrifying adventures confronting the lions and overseeing the project termed “The Lunatic Line,” while tackling countless other obstacles, is a must for anyone looking for a thrilling read. With over 100 original photos of the East African lands, native tribes, and wild animals, The Man-Eaters of Tsavo is a true hunting classic.

Über den Autor

John Henry Patter son (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.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3793 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 368 Seiten
  • Verlag: Skyhorse Publishing; Auflage: Reprint (19. Februar 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00BMN60WQ
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen True story 23. September 2013
Von Evalee I. Treen - Veröffentlicht auf
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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen WHEN MEN WERE MEN 29. Juli 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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Can't believe this happened! 30. Juni 2013
Von Scott J. Flanders - Veröffentlicht auf
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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book! 12. Juni 2013
Von Lindzy Upp - Veröffentlicht auf
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Interesting and informative book about the true "The Ghost and the Darkness" story! Very glad I bought this wonderful book!
5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Historical Account 21. Juli 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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