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The Man-Eaters of Tsavo

by John Patterson

The Man-eaters of Tsavo is a semi-autobiographical book written by British soldier and author John Henry Patterson. Published in 1907, it recounts his experiences in Africa while supervising the construction of a railroad bridge over the Tsavo river in Kenya, in 1898. It is titled after a pair of man-eating lions that terrorized the undertaking for nine-months, until at last their reign of terror was put to an end by Patterson. His recounting of this incident project him to fame, and it remains the subject of debate to this day. It has also been the basis of numerous films, the best known being the The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), starring Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas.

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