Peter Beard

The End of the Game

Signed by Artist


28.7 x 21.2 cm   (10.9 x 8.2 in)

Published by The Viking Press


Language: English

Pages: 256


In stock

The deeper the white man penetrated into Africa, the more rapidly life escaped from the steppes and the bushland.... it disappeared in the unmanageable mass of hunting trophies, skins, and carcasses." - Peter Beard

The End of the Game is one of the most important books about Africa and the devastating effect that the arrival of Western civilization has had on the continent and its wildlife. A haunting and moving collage of images and text, it documents the obscene mass deaths of tens of thousands of elephants, rhinos, and hippos in the lowlands of Tsavo, Kenya, and later the reserves in Uganda in the 1960s and 1970s.

Peter Beard worked for over two decades on this, one of his most important and essential works. Beard's own photographs and writings are supplemented by historical photographs and quotations that tell the saga of those explorers, researchers, missionaries, and big-game hunters who, in search of adventure and as "ambassadors of progress," forever disfigured the face of Africa throughout the 20th century: Theodore Roosevelt, Frederick Courteney Selous, Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), Philip Percival, J. A. Hunter, Ernest Hemingway and J. H. Patterson.

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