The Last Ivory Hunter

The Last Ivory Hunter A chance meeting around a safari campfire on the banks of the Mupamadazi River leads to the grand tale of African adventure by Peter Capstick the foremost hunting author of our time Wally Johnson spe

  • Title: The Last Ivory Hunter
  • Author: Peter Hathaway Capstick
  • ISBN: 9780312000486
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A chance meeting around a safari campfire on the banks of the Mupamadazi River leads to the grand tale of African adventure by Peter Capstick, the foremost hunting author of our time Wally Johnson spent half a century in Mozambique hunting white gold ivory Most men died at this hazardous trade He s the last one able to tell his story.In hours of conversations by mopaneA chance meeting around a safari campfire on the banks of the Mupamadazi River leads to the grand tale of African adventure by Peter Capstick, the foremost hunting author of our time Wally Johnson spent half a century in Mozambique hunting white gold ivory Most men died at this hazardous trade He s the last one able to tell his story.In hours of conversations by mopane fired in the African bush, Wally described his career how he survived the massive bite of a Gaboon viper, buffalo gorings, floods, disease, and most dangerous of all, gold fever He bluffed down 200 armed poachers almost single handedly, and survived rocket attacks from communist revolutionaries during Mozambique s plunge into chaos in 1975 In Botswana, at age 63, Wally continued his career Though the great tuskers have largely gone and most of Wally s colleagues are dead, Wally has survived His words are rugged testimony to an Africa that is now a distant dream.

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    1. Africa in the mid-20th century was such a different world, and not always pretty. The Communist takeover of Mozambique was especially tragic. But for Wally Johnson, it was home, and his stories are just incredible.

    2. Anyone who hunts should read this book. It's a poignant first-hand telling of times long gone. Definitely in my top 5.

    3. Even my 9 year old grand daughter was captivated as I read to her by the raw adventure, but I had to delete or replace some adjectives. This book is giving me a picture of the Africa of the early 20th millennium. Maybe we need to go back to understand the present.

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