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Death in the Long Grass: A Big Game Hunter's Adventures in the African Bush Hardcover – 15 Jan 1978
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“Peter Hathaway Capstick's 'Death in the Long Grass' continues to be one of the true classics of written hunting tales. I just read it again, and loved it just as much as when it was first published in the late 1970s.” ―The Wichita Eagle
About the Author
Peter Hathaway Capstick (1940-1996), a former Wall Street stockbroker turned professional adventurer, was critically acclaimed as the successor to Hemingway and Ruark in African hunting literature. After giving up his career, the New Jersey native hunted in Central and South America before going to Africa in 1968, where he held professional hunting licenses in Ethiopia, Zambia, Botswana, and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Capstick also served in that most perilous of trades―Elephant and Buffalo Cropping Officer. In addition to writing about hunting, he was also featured in an award-winning safari video and audio tapes.
Captstick settled in Pretoria, South Africa with his wife Fiona until his death at age 56.
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The book details the variety of ways that both man and beast can meet their end in the tall grass. Capstick's commentary never gets old, and after reading his books, you will find yourself having absorbed more information than you could have imagined. The genre of hunting is often written about, but very seldom well written about. Add this book to your library before all other hunting books.
Capstick starts with a chapter on each of the African Big 5, and then adds chapters on the many other animals there that can and will kill you if they get a chance. Like the hippo, who he says kills more natives each year than the Big 5 combined. Or the hyena, a pack of which can and will force a lion off its kill.
Capstick is Masterful at putting you next to him as he ghosts after a wounded leopard in the thick stuff as the sun is setting. You're dead meat, but you have to go.There's no Free Latte's coupons in the back of the book. None. My grandsons are already addicted. If you don't love this book and the DANGER it connects you with, question your manhood... for real.
The sleeve was good as new and the book cover was a beautiful goldenrod color, so it'll eventually look great on my bookshelves. Each chapter is about a different animal. Very informative stuff. It really gives you an appreciation for animal life (humans and the animals we kill). Reading it makes me feel so in touch the the primal me and it's the closest I'll ever get the the thrill of the hunt.