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Brian Herne , Simon Vance
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Juli 2013
East Africa affects our imagination like few other places: the sight of a charging rhino goes directly to the heart; the limitless landscape of bony highlands, desert and moutains is, as Isak Dinesen wrote, of "unequalled nobility". "White Hunters" is the story of 70 years of African adventure, danger and romance. It recreates the legendary big-game safaris led by Selous and Bell and the daring ventures of early hunters into unexplored territories. The golden age of the African safari is laid bare in this survey of the continent's most storied white hunters, from real-life men who inspired Isak Dinessen's "Out of Africa" to Cape-to-Cairo Grogan, who walked 4000 miles for the love of a woman, and Dinesen's dashing lover Denys Finch. Witnesses to the richest wildlife spectacle on earth, these hunters were the first conservationists. Hard-drinking, infatuated with risk and careless in love, they inspired Hemingway's stories and movies with Clark Gable and Gregory Peck.
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  • Verlag: Blackstone Audio Books; Auflage: Unabridged (Juli 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1470889293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470889296
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,7 x 13,2 x 3,8 cm
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A little over 100 years ago, East Africa was terra incognita to most whites: a land largely unmapped, sparsely settled by Europeans, and teeming with wildlife--from elephants to wildebeest, bongos to rhinos, and all manner of scarifying beasts in between. It was the hunter-adventurer's paradise, and by the early 20th century, a small, lionhearted clan of explorers and big-game hunters began leading safaris there for money. They became the legendary White Hunters of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, men who led manifold adventurers--including royalty, film stars, writers, and millionaires--in pursuit of the world's biggest, most dangerous, and most sought-after game.

White Hunters is a nostalgic and densely-packed history of these men and their adventures, from the turn of the century until the 1970s when politics, a growing population, civil strife, and concern about species destruction intervened. Brian Herne has written a virtual and anecdotal Who's Who of White Hunters, crammed with the details of hundreds of hunts and the dozens of men who led them.

This is no book for the faint-hearted or the politically correct. Despite Herne's insistence that his heroes were the first true conservationists, White Hunters is all about the testosterone-enhanced glory of killing big, beautiful things: "Clary fired, dropping his quarry with a side brain shot. The record-class tusks weighed 159 and 143 pounds each, a gigantic elephant...." On the other hand, a staggering number of hunters died in pursuit of their quarry--mauled, eviscerated, or impaled on the tusks of furious, vengeful beasts.

Not so long ago lions wandered the streets of Nairobi. The politics of big-game hunting aside, the White Hunters' East Africa--wild, mysterious, unspoiled--is vanishing, and Herne has painstakingly documented an era that most readers will likely never know. --Svenja Soldovieri -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


"An authoritative and colorful study of African safaris that will appeal to armchair adventurers and history buffs alike." --"The Wall Street Journal"." . . a rich portrait of a magnificent landscape, its animal inhabitants and some of its most reckless human interlopers." --"Publishers Weekly"." . . provides invaluable documentation of a period that might otherwise have been consigned to oblivion, and does so with great style . . ." --"Raleigh News and Observer" -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Herne does a masterful job of encapsulating so much information, excitement and adventure into so small a space. Well researched, well written and well worth adding to a collection of African hunting or general Africana. Herne writes from personal recollection, personal experience and personal connection. The last line of his dissertation on Bill Judd is unforgettable. Sure wish I had a chance to sit around a hunting camp campfire with a sundowner and listen to Herne reminisce.
The editorial review by Svenya Soldovieri bleeds through with the reviewers distaste for hunting and lack of understanding of conservation. Makes me wonder why Soldovieri wanted to review the book in the first place.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic reading 22. Januar 2013
Brian Herne tells the story of a "golden age" that doesnt exist that way any more. His sometimes breathtaking and at the next moment hilarious writing keeps you spellbound to the last page. Being interested in history and having been there more than 30 years ago,that means knowing all the places in a somewhat "older way" than they are now, "White Hunters" is a must read. Five stars for the most fascinating book I bought recently !!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen White Hunters 1. März 2000
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This book will add to an understanding of the now vanished world of colonial East Africa. For those who are viscerally anti-hunting, this will be a book that will probably not be considered, and that is a pity, because it is about more than hunting -- though there's plenty enough to satisfy fans of Capstick, Hunter, et al. Mr. Herne's homage to a special breed of men (and women), white and black, is well written and ideal for leisurely reading and rereading. It is brimming with anecdotes both amusing and hair-raising. I've given my copy away and am now ordering another. White Hunters is a worthwhile addition to the library of the sportsman or the person interested in colonial Africa, from the late 19th century to independence. Whether relating stories of such early white hunter legends as Selous, Cunninghame and Black, or the role played by white hunters in the oft-mismatched British campaigns against German-led guerilla operations in WWI, or the horrors faced by white settlers during the Mau Mau troubles of the '50s, these tales never bog down. One of my favorite hunters, by the way, was "Shagbag" Collins. On a parallel note, I would recommend, The Life of My Choice by Sir Wilfred Thesiger and Home from the Hill by Hilary Hook, though I'm not sure of the current availability of either of these books.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Exciting & Descriptive... 19. Juli 1999
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Herne paints an exciting and descriptive picture the African hunt. Perhaps the characters that populate this era are indeed the most interesting subjects.
Whether the stories are read in sequence or individually, Herne's narration will take you to the high plains for a hunt of your own.
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Brian Herne, a true member of the East African Hunting Community, is in the enviable position of being able to bring his readers an accurate, and in many cases a first-hand history of the Golden Age of Safari. If you are interested in African hunting, this book is a must for your library.
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