The Tree where Man was Born
In this classic volume, Matthiessen exquisitely combines both nature and travel writing to bring East Africa to vivid life. He skillfully portrays the daily lives of herdsmen and hunter-gatherers; the drama of the predator kills; the hundreds of exotic animals; the breathtaking landscapes; and the area's turbulent natural, political, and social histories.
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To contain the natural wanderings of its herds , the Serengeti park , five thousand
square miles in extent , would have to be doubled in size , expanding east to the
Crater Highlands and northward into Kenya , through the Maasai Mara to the ...
... up the Great North Road ( from the northern edge of tsetse - infested forest that
the Cape to Cairo ; this road was pioneered in the would surely have served as a
barrier to the Maafamous five thousand - mile walk in 1898 – 1899 sai herds .
In the next thousand feet of the descent there were rhino wallows and buffalo
sign on every side ; one kept an eye out for hospitable trees even before an
emergency had been declared . In a mahogany , Meru tribesmen had placed a
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