Peter Beard, The End of the Game
Beard, Peter. The End of the Game. First Edition. 1965. Book is in very good condition; dust jacket is in very good minus condition—jacket shows a repaired tear to the front cover and a moderate chip to the back cover.
This seminal work on Africa was actually ahead of the game, ushering out the hunting safaris of the Out of Africa generation with the warning, “Fifty years ago men had to be protected from the beasts; today the beasts must somehow be protected from man.” The colonial years were ending, and the complications of independence just beginning to emerge, and Beard captures the essence of both. He covers Isak Dinesen, the continent’s colonial past, its independent future, the destruction of habitat, and much more, with text, drawings, and photographs. Includes seventy-five photographic plates and many in-text illustrations.
“Death is the patiently awaited, unfeared fact of delicately poised African life. Its agents are everywhere; its beneficiaries circle gracefully overhead.”