Ghosts of Tsavo

Ghosts of Tsavo

Stalking the Mystery Lions of East Africa

Book - 2002
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Random House, Inc.
1898, Tsavo River Kenya, the British Empire has employed 140 workers to build a railroad bridge. The bridge's construction comes to a violent halt when two maneless lions devour all 140 workers in a savage feeding frenzy that would make headlines›and history—all over the world. Caputo's Ghosts of Tsavo is a new quest for truth about the origins of these near-mythical animals and how they became predators of human flesh.

Baker & Taylor
The author describes his experiences during an expedition to East Africa to uncover the secrets of a near-mythical breed of man-eating lions, as they attempt to prove that these unique, maneless lions are direct descendants of their prehistoric ancestors.

Baker
& Taylor

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author describes his adventure-filled experiences during an expedition to East Africa to uncover the secrets of a near-mythical breed of man-eating lions, immortalized in the film The Ghost and the Darkness, as they attempt to prove that these unique, maneless lions are direct descendants of their prehistoric ancestors. 35,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
In 1898, two hauntingly elusive maneless lions killed and ate 140 workers who were building a railroad bridge over the Tsavo River in Kenya. These seemingly invincible man-eaters literally stopped the British Empire in its tracks during their year-long reign of terror. But the bloody exploits of these animals, immortalized in John Patterson?s 1907 book, The Man-Eaters of Tsavo, and two feature films, Bwana Devil in 1952 and The Ghost and the Darkness in 1996, are only part of the story. Caputo?s Ghosts of Tsavo is a search for truth, exploring both how these near-mythical maneless beasts became man-eaters and the more unsettling proposition: Do they represent a feline ?missing link? between modern lions and the prehistoric lions that preyed on our Pleistocene ancestors. Setting out over the forbidding plains of Kenya?s Tsavo National Park, Caputo and his small corps of discovery?a photographer and a few armed rangers from the Kenya Park Service?follow two eminent scientists from the University of Minnesota determined to unlock the secrets of Africa?s most efficient killers. Suffused with the raw beauty and primitive danger of Tsavo?s wild landscape, Ghosts of Tsavo is a totally absorbing adventure narrative by an author justly regarded as among the finest writers of his generation.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Adventure Press, National Geographic, c2002
ISBN: 9780792263623
0792263626
Branch Call Number: 599.757 CAP
Characteristics: 275 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), map ; 24 cm

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notTom Dec 16, 2010

Two man-eating lions of Tsavo killed and ate 135 workers on a railroad bridge over the Tsavo River in Kenya in 1896; the natives named them the Ghost and the Darkness. Since then, stories of human-hunting lions have been reported, notably in 1991, when a lion killed six people in nearby Mfuwe. Pulitzer Prize-winner and National Book Award finalist Philip Caputo visits the Tsavo region in southern Kenya to study these mysterious beasts in their own habitat. With great attention given to the surrounding people and landscape this book reads like a travelogue, yet there is a strong element of investigative science. He explores why these lions feast on humans, while holding man's destruction of his own environment in contrast. This book is not complete, however, without a trip to the Chicago Field Museum to see the stuffed displays of the afore-mentioned Lion of Mfuwe and the Ghost and the Darkness. Gaze deeply into their eyes, if you dare!

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