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Shakari Connection Bookshelf, Issue #009
February 10, 2013
Shakari Connection Bookshelf Newsletter
Issue 009 |January 2013
Apologies for the late arrival of this month's newsletter. We have only just been reconnected to the Internet after a hurricane force storm in mid January.
I hope you enjoy this selection of African hunting books. Check out the Shakari Connection Bookshelf where there are dozens of new links to free editions of African hunting eBooks.
Don't forget, we would really enjoy reading your African hunting book reviews.
African Twilight: The Story Of A Hunter by Robert F Jones (1994) details, in twelve stories, the hunts, the danger and the changing face of Africa over a span of three decades. It also traces the evolution of a hunter and his relationship with the professional hunters, the native Africans, the wildlife and the land, the Africa that was and Africa as it is today.
Okavango Desert River by Sidney J Legendre (1939). The author's adventurous safari hunting big game and exploring, following the Okovango River through South West Africa.
The Leopard by Peter Turnbull-Kemp (1967). The author, a game ranger, made a particular study of the leopard during his years in the field in Nigeria, the Sudan and South Africa. This book looks at the leopard from ancient times, the superstitions, witchcraft and mythology associated with this predator - how and where it lives, mates, rears its young and hunts. This is the book that Capstick enthused about in 'Maneaters' using Turnbull-Kemp's 'Table Two' statistics to compare maneating tigers, lions and leopards.
"Ernst D. Moore was 23 when his uncle brought him into the family ivory business. From 1907 to 1911, Moore was based primarily in Zanzibar, buying elephant tusks in the market and traveling to the interior of Africa, where he bought directly from great hunters of the day for Arnold Cheney & Co., which supplied both Pratt, Read and Comstock, Cheney. He lived in a house with carved teakwood gates, entertained Teddy Roosevelt at the Mombasa Club, bought hundreds of tons of ivory, & then came home to marry a woman in Chester and work for Pratt, Read as an executive in the company's player piano division. Fluent in Swahili and the argot that grew out of African and Arab trade, Moore interviewed former slaves to build his story about the ivory trade, which he called "a terrible vocation." During the second half of the 19th century, the height of the ivory trade, Moore wrote, "the dhows that lay at anchor off the town were packed with slaves awaiting transport to Arabia and the Gulf. Slaves lay on the sloping beach, dead slaves, not worth the burying, thrown there to rot until the tide carried their bloated bodies out to sea." Moore described the ivory gathering of the 19th century as carnage." Excerpt from the Hartford Courant
Ivory: Scourge Of Africa by Ernst D Moore (1931). The scarce and still harrowing personal account of an ivory trader who conducted business shortly after the turn of the century when Africa's people and natural resources were being plundered by Arab and European nations.
Born To Hunt: Forty Years And Six Continents by by Gary R Ingersoll (2010). Ingersoll has won just about every big game hunting award possible. He is a hunter who never settled for second best.
Guide To Safaris by Burk H Stelzner (1969) tells both the hunter and the photographer how to plan, outfit and participate in a safari in the most economical, time-saving and effortless way. It reflects all the colour and romance that were a part of safaris back in the 1960s.
The Martini-Henry Note-Book: The Life And Times Of A Grand Old Rifle by Malcolm Cobb (2006). An excellent book on one of history's most famous rifles. Undoubtedly much of British Military history would have been very different had it not been for the part played by the Martini-Henry and this book takes a look at why that is. A fascinating read, particularly for those with an interest in the colonial wars of the 19th century.
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