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The Man -Eaters of Tsavo and Other East African Adventures

By: Lieut.-Col.J.H.Patterson,D.S.O.
Published By: Double9 Books
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Written by J.H. Patterson, The Man-Eaters of Tsavo and Other East African Adventures is a semi-autobiographical book. Patterson, a natural narrator, engages us in the horror of the laborers' fear and his own endeavors to track the monster, which would end up killing approximately 130 individuals before Patterson took them out. This real-life adventure will keep the fans of both fiction and non-fiction transfixed. The Man-Eaters of Tsavo describes Patterson's encounters while overseeing the development of a railroad bridge in Kenya. The title of the book comes from the lions which killed Patterson's workers and which Patterson ultimately killed. Following the demise of the lions, the book recounts the bridge's completion despite additional difficulties (like a fierce flood) as well as numerous accounts concerning local wildlife, nearby tribes, the uncovering of the man-eater's cave, and different hunting expeditions. The book has been adapted to film three times: a 1952 three-dimensional film named Bwana Fiend, a monochrome, English film of the 1950s, and a 1996 variety form called The Phantom and the Murkiness. The book also incorporates photos taken by Patterson at the time of railway construction; local tribes; the workers; landscape and wildlife; and the man-eaters.

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Lieut.-Col.J.H.Patterson,D.S.O.

Anglo-Irish soldier, hunter, and author Lt Col John Henry Patterson, DSO (1867-1947) is well known for his book "The Man-Eaters of Tsavo," which describes his adventures while constructing a railway bridge in present-day Kenya. At the age of seventeen, he enlisted in the British Army in 1885. He eventually rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and received the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). In 1920, he retired from the Army. J. H. Patterson served as the East Africa Protectorate's Chief Game Warden from 1907 to 1909; he writes about this experience in his second book, "In the Grip of Nyika." When he shot an "unusual" looking eland in Tsavo in 1906, the species was named after him and is now known as the Patterson's eland. After risking his life to eliminate the "Man-eaters" all by himself, he was rewarded by the locals and the workers who gave him an engraved silver bowl to show their appreciation. Patterson considered this his hardest-earned and most valuable trophy. Patterson sold the skins and skulls of the lions to the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago for the sum of $5,000.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 176 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 9357271228
  • ISBN-13: 9789357271226
  • Item Weight: 211.2g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 10 mm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Reading age : 10+
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Fiction / Classics