Synopses & Reviews
1898, Tsavo River Kenya, the British Empire has employed 140 workers to build a railroad bridge. The bridge's construction comes to a violent halt when two maneless lions devour all 140 workers in a savage feeding frenzy that would make headlines›and history—all over the world. Caputo's Ghosts of Tsavo is a new quest for truth about the origins of these near-mythical animals and how they became predators of human flesh.
Accompanied by a photographer, two scientists, and a few armed rangers, Philip Caputo set out through the forbidding plains Tsavo in search of Africa' s most feared and efficient killers--massive maneless lions with a man-eating reputation.
Over the past century, speculation about the ghostlike killers has gone unanswered, although recent studies suggest that the maneless lions may constitute a feline missing link between modern lions and their prehistoric ancestors. Therein lies the quest driving the expedition to find a scientific explanation for these fierce creatures and why they occasionally prey on humans. This vivid narrative of a scientific journey, available for the first time in paperback, is a riveting work from one of America' s finest writers.
A haunting adventure through the raw and unforgiving landscape of East Africa, Pulitzer Prize winner Caputo's "Ghosts of Tsavo" is hailed by the "Washington Post Book World" as "engrossing, amusing, and fast-paced." 8-page color photo insert.