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White Hunters: Library Edition

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  66 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
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 mountain is of "unequalled nobility," writes Dinessen. The adventures recorded here lasted only seventy years but include the legendary big-game safaris led by Selous and Bell; early hunters who by neces ...more
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Published March 13th 2000 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 1999)
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Apr 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hunters
My first thought when I read this book was that I have a quiet life. I mean, I've never shot a charging lion point blank, then had it crawl all over me, maul me, and die right on top of me. On second thought, maybe it's a good thing I have a boring life.

To distill, this book is about different men traveling to different places and killing different things.

I did enjoy reading about the behavior of the various animals. You learn about how wounded lions, buffalo and elephant behave. For example,
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa
White Hunters: The Golden Age of African Safaris is an adventure-history of the larger-than-life hunters (who were white Europeans) that roamed Africa killing big game trophies from the late 1800's until the 1970's. The book concentrates on the East African countries of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and is filled with campfire stories about the white hunters and their famous clients, including Teddy Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, Karen Blixen, Gregory Peck and Grace Kelly.

The stories are exciting, wi
I was actually really annoyed by this book. It gets three stars only because it is a reasonable road map to further studies on the subject. But this isn't history. This is a series of book reports. It consists entirely of anecdotes culled from the memoirs of hunters, travelers and tourists, and brings nothing new to the table. There is no true synthesis whatsoever. The author occasionally tosses in an "As was typical in the African millieu of the time..." or "At the time, it was uncommon for..." ...more
Steve Mayberry
Jun 12, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The first million pages or so are a fawning catalog of an endless parade of white African hunters, most of whom end up heroically torn to ribbons or gored by buffalo or rhino. He has that misplaced nostalgia for the time, which I find silly but (barely) forgivable.

Then Herne gets to the Mau Mau uprising of the 1950's, and his earnest clumsiness turns into completely awful ham-handedness. Standard white I'm-not-racist guy perspective on African events: everything was fine in Africa, there is no
Alex Kennedy
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a hunting book in the typical sense. Rather, it is a brief history, or series of brief life sketches, about the lives of "white hunters" in Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, etc.). It gives significant insight into the cultural elite of colonial East Africa at the time, their ties with Europe (particularly England), their lives, loves, flaws, strengths, deaths and hunts. Before political correctness and environmental and animal right ...more
David Lucero
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book proved the best of all I read for research of my latest thriller/adventure 'Big Jim.' The author himself was a professional hunter and game warden, and brings to light many details of this profession like how the name 'Great White Hunter' was coined, and who the person(s) were. He also brings to light how professional hunting helps balance wild life, the first white hunters to appear, and how their work as game wardens protects the wildlife from poachers. It's an adventure through hist ...more
Otis Chandler
I heard this book described as interesting but a little dry, so I was fully planning on just skimming a lot. But I ended up reading almost the whole thing! I have two biases though: one was I was in Africa at the time I read it, and the other is my grandfather did a lot of hunting in Africa in the 1960's, so I could almost picture him hanging out with the wild characters in the book.

What I loved were all the stories of hunts and the pioneer type hunters that led them. Numerous maulings and close
Tom Schulte
It's pretty gut wrenching to read the parade of destruction rained down upon the "Big 5" (Water Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion, Rhino), but they sure gave nearly as good as they got to the humans they managed to gore, crush, trample, or maul.

However, the colorful cast of characters (rogue's gallery?) of "white hunters" never really coalesces into a compelling narrative in this overview of European safari men of Africa's 20th Century
David Hurst
Oct 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa
Could not finish. I think I'm too soft for Africa. This book contains lots of colourful stories of the glamorous and rich slaughtering magnificent and brave beasts. The hunters were brave too, although the odds for the animals were astonishing poor. How brave can a hunter be if the odds are thousands to one in his favour. I wish they had not shot out most areas of Africa and eradicated all Elephants with big tusks. One guy shot 14 lions in one day... Just for fun. Ghastly.
Rick West
Jul 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I read “White Hunters”, it was as if I was back in Africa
listening to tales while relaxing around the evening campfire
following a day-long safari on Kenya’s breath-taking Masai Mara.

“White Hunters” is a colorful collection of stories covering
seventy-years of hunting, exploring and photographing in East
Africa. These are the stories of the dashing and daring men and
women who lived during this incredible period.
Annie Perriment
Fantastic book. Worth reading by anyone with an interest in the colonial era in Kenya, Tanzania or anyone who enjoys great hunting stories. I read this multiple times and plan to read it again - full of extraordinary details that shed light on a fascinating period of history.
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, travel, ebook
Couldn't finish. One reviewer said that a string of anecdotes isn't history. It is not even a sustainable read.
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