Ghosts of Tsavo by Phillip Caputo
Tracking the Mythic Lions of East Africa

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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.
 

About Phillip Caputo

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Philip Caputo was born on June 10, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois. He received a B.A. from Loyola University in 1964. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1964 to 1967. His first book, A Rumor of War (1977), recounts his military tour of Vietnam. He has written more than fifteen books including Horn of Africa, Indian Country, Equation for Evil, Crossers, and The Longest Road. His journalism career began in 1968, when he joined the staff of the Chicago Tribune, serving as a general assignment and team investigative reporter until 1972 and then as a foreign correspondent for the next five years. In 1972 he and Hugh Jones received a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of election fraud in the primaries. He has also written for the New York Times, Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. He has worked as a screenwriter for Paramount Pictures and Michael Douglas Productions.
 
Published August 29, 2009 by National Geographic. 288 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Action & Adventure, Science & Math, History, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Caputo travels with two different sets of scientists on either side of a theoretic divide: is the lack of manes on these males to be explained by environmental pressures, or are they genetically distinct from the lions in the rest of Africa?

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