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The End of the Game: The Last Word from Paradise [Hardcover]

Peter Beard
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25 May 2008
This book describes the origins, history, and prospects of big game in Africa.Researched, photographed, and compiled over 20 years, Peter Beard's "End of the Game" tells the tale of the enterprisers, explorers, missionaries, and big-game hunters whose quests for adventure and "progress" were to change the face of Africa in the 20th century. This landmark volume is assembled from hundreds of historical photographs and writings, starting with the building of the Mombasa Railroad ("The Lunatic Line") and the opening-up of darkest Africa. The stories behind the heroic figures in Beard's work - Theodore Roosevelt, Frederick Courtney Selous, Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), Denys Finch-Hatton (the romantic hero of Out of Africa), Philip Percival, J. A. Hunter, Ernest Hemingway, and J. H. Patterson (who became famous as the relentless hunter of the "Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo") - are all contextualized by Beard's own photographs of the enormous region.Shot in the 1960s and '70s in the Tsavo lowlands during the elephant-habitat crisis and then in Uganda parks, Beard's studies of elephant and hippo population dynamics document the inevitable overpopulation and starvation of tens of thousands of elephants and rhinos. Originally published in 1965 and updated in 1977, this classic is resurrected by Taschen with rich duotone reproduction and a new foreword. Touching on themes such as distance from nature, density and stress, loss of common sense, and global emergencies, this seminal picture history of eastern Africa in the first half of the 20th century shows us the origins of the wildlife crisis on the continent, a phenomenon which bears a remarkable resemblance to the overpopulation and climate crises we face today.

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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; New edition of Revised edition edition (25 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836505304
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836505307
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 25.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 495,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in New York City in 1938, Peter Beard began taking photographs and keeping diaries from early childhood. By the time he graduated from Yale University, he had developed a keen interest in Africa. Throughout the 1960s and '70s he worked in Tsavo Park, the Aberdares, and Lake Rudolf in Kenya's northern frontier. His first show came in 1975 at the Blum Helman Gallery, and was followed in 1977 by the landmark installation of elephant carcasses, burned diaries, taxidermy, African artifacts, books and personal memorabilia at New York's International Center for Photography. In addition to creating original artwork, Beard has also worked as a Vogue photographer and collaborated on projects with Andy Warhol, Andrew Wyeth, Richard Linder, Terry Southern, Truman Capote, and Francis Bacon. In 1996, shortly after Beard was trampled by an elephant, his first major retrospective took place at the Centre National de la Photographie in Paris, France, followed by shows in Berlin, London, Milan, Stockholm, Tokyo, and Vienna, among others. He lives in New York City, Long Island, and Kenya with his wife, Nejma, and daughter, Zara.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is an absolutely amazing book, full of beautiful photographs many of them dating back to the early 1900's. It is a very well presented look at the way attitudes have changed in East Africa, from the early hunters and photos of Karen Blixen, her guests and characters familiar from her books, excerpts from Pattersons diaries, and looking at how game control has evolved and the problems now facing the environment and game wardens as human impact interrupts nature's balance.
I however, most enjoy this book for it's photos. There are some amazing photos in here, made all the more so when you consider how long ago they were taken and the equipment that the photographers were using. I cannot recommend this book enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How the Infinite became Endangered 21 July 2008
This is a book that provides amazing insight about the slaughter of wild animals in epic proportions and how a once self-sustaining ecologically balanced paradise with an infinite supply of flora and fauna became endangered.

It is an essential read for anyone trying to understand the reasons that created the conflict between man and wild animal and why we must attempt to reverse this horrific tragedy for the sake of our future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hypnotic look into the fading shadows of the Dark Contnt. 4 Jun 1997
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Hypnotic, sad, and occasionally graphic, this first-rate picto-history of Africa's glory days manages to convey something of the magic that inspired artists and hunters alike to flock to the expansive, untamed land known as The Dark Continent. Excellently annotated with stunning, eye-poppingly original photos never before seen. First rate. Spending an hour with Beard's book is to embark on an adventure. You will not be able to forget many of these photos, some of which were supplied to the author by Karen Blixen, the woman who penned "Out of Africa." The orginal 1965 edition of "End of the Game" is so prized the School of the Art Institute of Chicago keeps a copy under close guard in the Special Collections room. To spend an hour with this book is to lose yourself under the volcanic glare of an African sun, to feel the blackflies nipping at your shins, and see, if only through a final, panicked photo, all the beauty and horror of Africa rushing toward you through the tall grass of an abandoned savannah.
Sound exciting? Take my advice: skip "Out of Africa"; "End of the Game" is out of this world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars more than a coffee table photography book 2 July 1998
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This is not a coffee table book despite its professional and exquiste photographs. The End of the Game is a heartrending and informative picture of poaching and the plight of the African elephant. For those with connections to Kenya it breathes nostalgia of days gone by, and an era both sad and beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old Africa-brought to life 10 Nov 2001
By Sherry L. Rogers - Published on
It's a very real look at Old Africa. It shows the truth of man's bad luck, bad descisions, greed, and life filled with hard times. It shows nature in it's true self, not some Disney version of happy animals dancing around. This is an excellent book and should serve as a wake up call for the multitudes of Americans who believe the garbage that is spoon fed to them on their televisions. It may be well more than most readers can handle, because the truth is not sugar coated here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old Africa brought to life 10 Nov 2001
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An excellent book for those that can handle the truth. It shows what will happen when nature is left to manage itself and what happens when men don't control themselves. It's about hard times and history-a way of life long forgotten. If you are a product of the spoonfed Disney age, then you'll find this book shocking. It may well be your first taste of truth about wild animals,wild places, and the true spirit of man. This book is about Old Africa and should not be judged with today's politically correct eye. It is an account of things happened in a forgotten time, and a lost way of life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking but important to see 22 Nov 2000
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Images have great power over the imagination and spirit, and Beard's b&w photographs of elephant carcasses are both elegant and tragic, showing that elephants are the first to be affected by any inbalances in their environment, whether induced naturally or from mankind's insensitivity. What ever flaws Beard may have as a wildlife conservationists, he is great artist with a crying heart for these noble and wonderful animals. I highly recommend this book.
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