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  • Hardcover: 297 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press (28 Feb. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312186134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312186135
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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"

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Peter Hathaway Capstick grew up in rural New Jersey and soon learned to love the outdoors and wildlife. After a career on Wall Street he decided to heed his sense of adventure and became a professional hunter, first in the rain forests of Latin America and then in Central Africa. He now lives with his wife, Mary Catharine, on Florida's Gulf Coast, where he is a successful outdoor writer.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
In my opinion, this is the best book ever written. Peter has a talent that I have never seen or experienced with any other writer. He gives vivid, harrowing accounts of the Big Five, as well as hippo, crocs, snakes, and less known forms of death. This is a must read for anyone remotely interested in Africa, animals, or hunting. Peter Hathaway Capstick is a true master of his game. Some of Peter's tales would put Stephen King to shame, but these are more frightening because they are true. You are cheating yourself out of a treat if this book isn't high on your "To Read...." list.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan. 1998
Format: Hardcover
Capstick captures the other side of civilized man, the hunter. He writes of things suppressed by artificial people, with artificial wants, and artificial needs - in other words the detatched from nature urbanite who has absolutely no clue as to the duality of nature. A duality which includes both beauty and death. The hunter understands this. Capstick, with wry wit and humor brings us into the world of the hunter. This is not a book for people with a naive, Disneyesque view of nature, but rather for the bold who understands the true relationship between man, nature, and the beasts of the field and forest. Must reading for all true sportsman.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr S. S. Nagi TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Mar. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book was first published in 1977, has 297 pages, 49 B/W photos but no maps. The book is written in the memory of author's friend - Dean Witter Jr. There are 9 chapters in the book dealing with the Big Five and hippo, snakes, crocodile and underrated killers. PETER HATHWAY CAPSTICK was born on 11.1.1940 in New Jersey and educated in University of Virginia and after a successful wall street job, at the age of 29, became a professional hunter, 1st in South America, then in Africa. He was a chain smoker and heavy drinker. His first trip to Africa was in 1968 and he became a ranger in ZAMBIA, Botawana and Rhodesia. In 1996, while speaking in Reno, Nevada, he collapsed in the hotel room, was flown to South Africa and went for heart bypass surgery in PRETORIA. He died on 13.3.1996, aged 56, of complications of this surgery. His spouse is Fiona Claire Capstick.
The book starts on 2.9.1974 with maneater lioness attack on Peter Hankin, a professional hunter in LUANGWA VALLEY, Zambia. This follows by a maneater big lion, who tries to get into Capstick's hut ! More lion stories follow, keeping you attached to this book. Angry elephants are highly inventive and make a mess of the Bwanas and natives. Then it will bury the victim with grass, leaves and branches. Rogue elephants are usually injured or 'Drunk'. As a cropping officer, Capstick did not feel proud of culling herds of elephants. A leopard has incredible strength, best camouflage, intelligence, ferocity, adaptability, power and beauty of any cat in the wild. 9 out of 10 maneater leopards are male in good health. With its excellent sight, hearing, sense of smell, big powerful horns and bulk, buffalo can be very dangerous. Hippos are very fast both on land and in water. Crocodiles never stop growing, their whole lives.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun. 1998
Format: Hardcover
Peter Hathaway Capstick ranks among the finest story tellers in the world today. His tales of hunting dangerous African game in "Death in the Long Grass" is riveting. His anecdotes portray in vivid detail the danger, fear, and humor in hunting big game in the African bush. Read this book and you will never look at a leopard the same again, or any other big game species in Africa for that matter. Capstick's respect for the animals he hunted and for the African people is quite apparent. "Bravo old boy!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 July 1997
Format: Hardcover
Captsick's love for the hunt and for the land in which it takes place is apparent in this truly great book. If you enjoy hunting wildlife of any kind, you will be on edge with every passing page. Many will never have the oppurtunity to take one of the "Big Five" game animals in Africa. Capstick knows this, but assures us that it is not because of a shortage caused by "Legal" hunting. However, Capstick's method of sharing the raw hunt with the reader, in a true sportsmans manner, emphasises the need for game management. If you love to hunt, you'll love "Death in the Longrass".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith on 4 May 2005
Format: Paperback
Capsticks adventures as a professional hunter in Africa are often hilariously funny usually quite terrifying and always absolutely gripping. This is a book which you will want never to end and Capstick, the kind of character who I would like to meet in a straw roofed bar, in distant climes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By clanny on 22 Mar. 2012
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As the title says, this book is all about dying and in particular, how Africa tries to do that to you. It's been written by someone who knows more than most about the subject having spent decades there. I read four or five books at a time and this is one of the best books I've ever read. I already have a copy of this and I bought this one as my "lending" copy. If you're remotely interested in wildlife, Africa or adventure, you simply MUST read this book. It's a real eye opener and written with such a fantastic turn of phrase as you make you laugh out loud from time to time. Excellent from start to finish. My only complaint is that it's not 4 times longer.
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