Theodore Roosevelt: African Game Trails (Annotated)


    Theodore Roosevelt's African Safari & Scientific Expedition

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This book proved to be a most fascinating read. I've read all of Peter Hathaway Capsticks books on African big game hunting and, in my humble opinion, they all merited 5 stars. This work, by a former president no less, is every bit as good. I hunted for quite a few years but, with time and a softening heart, have lost the desire to destroy any living thing. I do know that if it were not for hunting, and all the spending that goes into the pursuit of wild game, we would not have a lot of the preserved land and game animals that exist today.

More to the point regarding "African Game Trails" I have a whole new respect for Mr. His mastery of the language as spoken over years ago, hence, sometimes seeming strange to younger readers is remarkable and paints veritable masterpieces in the readers mind. At first I was a bit appalled by the seemingly endless and callous killing of so many animals but when you realize that he was, in his way, saving these special creatures for scores of generations to come, well, I'll let the reader draw their own conclusion.

This book has also whetted my appetite for additional "Teddy" gems. If you are into Africa and the whole scope of flora and fauna that entails Perhaps, when you are nearing the end sadly you might feel as I felt Great book of African adventureif you like this book you will also want to read the following similar cent books: The Lion in South Africa 2.

A Hunter's Wanderings in Africa: A White King in East Africa: Among the Ibos of Nigeria: Scouting for Stanley in East Africa 7. Three Years' Sport in Mozambique 9. The Great Roosevelt African Hunt One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. The book is a collection of articles he wrote during his safari for Scribners. One of the questions I had before I read the book is whether it would actually provide interesting insights into Roosevelt and Africa, or whether it would just relate how Roosevelt shot up wildlife.

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I found the book to be a mix of both. Roosevelt is a keen observer of wildlife and provides many insights into animals that biologists consider accurate today and that I observed on my trip. His discussion of which of the Big 5 Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos, and Cape Buffalo is the most dangerous is interesting and he reflects upon his own experiences to conclude that it depends on the situation.

There are also a few memorable stories, such as the time when his fellow hunters had to throw several spears into a Lion to stop its charge. It is also simply fun to see a former U. However, the most interesting aspect of the book is its insight into Roosevelt himself. He frequently calls indigenous Africans savages and praises European settlers. From these remarks, it is clear that he saw Europeans in Africa in much the same manner as he saw the American West - a new frontier to be settled on behalf of civilization.

He isn't racist - at least according to the standards of his time in the U. This is a long book over pages in my version and it seems long after a while since it generally involves the accumulated killing of animals. However, you have to remember that it was originally written as a series of articles for Scribners and was not meant to be read in one sitting. I think it works well if you read it over a few days or weeks. I read mine during the long drives from one park to the next during my safari in East Africa. That way, you won't get fatigued by the hunting stories. I think it would be great for some conservation biologist to expound upon Roosevelt's observations of African wildlife.

While Roosevelt gets many things right, we have also benefitted from a century of field research in East Africa. For example, Roosevelt at first is adamant that there is only one species of Rhinoceros, with the Black Rhino being the common form and White Rhinos a sub-species aberration although by the end of the book he sounds less sure. Of course, today we consider these two distinct species and in fact the Black Rhino is far less common.

I would also be interested in learning whether his observations of the African tribes were accurate. Alas, this is the work of a future edition. While you're waiting, you can take this edition of African Game Trails with you on your next safari. An interesting read written by our former President.

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After not being able to finish The Naval War of I was glad to find this a much better read. A little long with the same thing happening almost every day it still holds your interest until the end of the book. One person found this helpful. Quite an adventure in days that Quite an adventure in days that will never come again. As acquaintances, associates or porters sicken, die of 'fevers' and illness, or get mauled by wild animals, TR troops along with vivid descriptions of his experiences doggedly hunting 'museum specimens' in early 20th century Africa.

Obviously dated with references to 'white man's country' and such, Teddy shows leadership and compassion for all who accompany him on this long and arduous expedition.

T.R.'s writings about the African Safari & Scientific Expedition

This volume shows nicely with mild to moderate signs of wear and age, especially along the head and toe of the spine. Photogravure portrait frontispiece, 47 photogravure plates 8 of them from drawings by the great wildlife artist Philip R. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Brown cloth over boards with gilt lettering and design on the front and the spine. West Coast Consulting Condition: Theodore Roosevelt — was the 26th president of the United States and a noted sportsman and naturalist.

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Sullivan, an elephant-rifle donated by a group of 56 admiring Britons, and the famous Pigskin Library, a collection of classics bound in pig leather and transported in a single reinforced trunk. All told, Roosevelt and his companions killed or trapped over 11, animals, from insects and moles to hippopotamuses and elephants. These included big game animals, including six rare white rhinos.

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Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Theodore Roosevelt declined to run for reelection as President of . African Game Trails and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. African Game Trails: An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist (Capstick Adventure Library) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, July 15, In he took a long safari holiday.

The expedition consumed of the animals. Tons of salted animals and their skins were shipped to Washington; the quantity was so large that it took years to mount them all, and the Smithsonian was able to share many duplicate animals with other museums. Regarding the large number of animals taken, Roosevelt said, "I can be condemned only if the existence of the National Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and all similar zoological institutions are to be condemned.

Along with many native peoples and local leaders, interaction with renowned professional hunters and land owning families made the safari as much a political and social event, as it was a hunting excursion. Roosevelt wrote a detailed account of the adventure in the book African Game Trails, where he describes the excitement of the chase, the people he met, and the flora and fauna he collected in the name of science.

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