Book Review: Craig Boddington's "Safari Rifles II"

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"Behold my works, ye mighty, and despair." Ramesses, Pharaoh of the 19th Dynasty.

In 1990, Craig Boddington, then an African greenhorn with a piddling 20 safaris or so under his belt, had the gall to write a book entitled Safari Rifles. Inexperience notwithstanding, he must have known what he was talking about because it's gone through 12 printings and is the reference source on the subject.

But much has changed since then: guns, ammo, scopes, bullets, and the nature of African hunting itself. Mr. Boddington, who makes the Energizer Bunny look like he has sleeping sickness, has not stood still either, having trebled his number of safaris in the interim. I think he is now up to 80.

Are we talking revise here or what? So that is what Craig has done, and the new book is better than the original. It is both a source of information and a commentary on what has changed since 1990 and by how much (by a hell of a lot, is how much).

I won't list what he covers, because he covers everything, but will recite why I am a fan of his. Craig backs up what he has to say with a breadth and depth of experience that has no equal. He is a good, clear, writer, and he is above all, fair. If the man has an axe to grind he keeps it well hidden.

A word about the book itself. It's 608 pages, has profuse color photos, and is printed on paper of quality that you seldom see nowadays. How Safari Press sells it for $49.95 is beyond me. Even if you intend to go through life without a single tsetse bite, it's irresistible reading. Visti Safaripress.com to get a copy. -- DEP