Peter Hathaway Capstick Bibliography Template

Peter Hathaway Capstick
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The Man-Eaters of Tsavo
byJohn Henry Patterson, Peter Hathaway Capstick(Editor)
3.90 avg rating — 2,121 ratings — published 1907 — 65 editions
Death in the Long Grass: A Big Game Hunter's Adventures in the African Bush
byPeter Hathaway Capstick
4.36 avg rating — 1,389 ratings — published 1977 — 7 editions
Death in the Silent Places
byPeter Hathaway Capstick
4.33 avg rating — 437 ratings — published 1981 — 4 editions
Death in the Dark Continent
byPeter Hathaway Capstick
4.32 avg rating — 407 ratings — published 1983 — 5 editions
Death in a Lonely Land: More Hunting, Fishing, and Shooting on Five Continents
byPeter Hathaway Capstick, Dino Paravano(Illustrator), Don Causey(Foreword by)
4.26 avg rating — 196 ratings — published 1990 — 3 editions
African Game Trails: An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist
byTheodore Roosevelt, Peter Hathaway Capstick(Editor)
4.01 avg rating — 186 ratings — published 1988 — 33 editions
The Last Ivory Hunter
byPeter Hathaway Capstick
4.12 avg rating — 172 ratings — published 1988 — 3 editions
byPeter Hathaway Capstick
4.31 avg rating — 160 ratings — published 1989 — 4 editions
Peter Capstick's Africa: A Return To The Long Grass
byPeter Hathaway Capstick
4.27 avg rating — 146 ratings — published 1987 — 3 editions
The African Adventurers: A Return to the Silent Places
byPeter Hathaway Capstick
4.19 avg rating — 141 ratings — published 1992 — 4 editions
Safari: The Last Adventure
byPeter Hathaway Capstick
4.13 avg rating — 114 ratings — published 1984 — 3 editions
Warrior: The Legend Of Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen
byPeter Hathaway Capstick, Fiona Capstick(Editor)
3.94 avg rating — 108 ratings — published 1998 — 3 editions
Last Horizons: Hunting, Fishing & Shooting On Five Continents
byPeter Hathaway Capstick
4.31 avg rating — 78 ratings — published 1988 — 4 editions
Sands of Silence: On Safari in Namibia
byPeter Hathaway Capstick
4.03 avg rating — 70 ratings — published 1991 — 3 editions
A Man Called Lion: The Life and Times of John Howard Pondoro Taylor
byPeter Hathaway Capstick
4.11 avg rating — 45 ratings — published 1996 — 3 editions
The Man-Eaters of Tsavo
byJ.H. Patterson, Peter Hathaway Capstick(Editor)
4.31 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 2007 — 2 editions
Memories of an African Hunter
byDenis D. Lyell, Peter Hathaway Capstick(Editor)
4.17 avg rating — 29 ratings — published 1986 — 2 editions
After Big Game in Central Africa
byEdouard Foa, Peter Hathaway Capstick(Editor), Fredric Lees(Translator)
3.96 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 1986 — 2 editions
Peter Hathaway Capstick
BornPeter Hathaway Capstick
(1940-01-11)January 11, 1940[1]
New Jersey, United States
DiedMarch 13, 1996(1996-03-13) (aged 56)
Pretoria, South Africa
OccupationProfessional hunter, writer
Spouse(s)Fiona Claire Capstick

Peter Hathaway Capstick (1940–1996) was an American hunter and author. He was born in New Jersey and educated at the University of Virginia although he was not a graduate. Capstick walked away from a successful Wall Street career shortly before his thirtieth birthday to become a professional hunter. His hunting career began in Central and South America and culminated with hunts in Africa for which he is best known. Capstick spent much of his life in Africa, a land he called his "source of inspiration".[2] A chain smoker and heavy drinker, he died at age 56 from complications following heart surgery.[1]


After a short career as a Wall Street stockbroker, Capstick headed to Latin America, where he traveled widely while hunting, fishing, and mastering the Spanish language. A few years later he returned to New York, where he founded a business arranging professionally guided hunting trips. Shortly thereafter, he took a position as hunting and fishing director of Winchester Adventures of New York, a subsidiary of the famous gun manufacturer. In that capacity he made his first trip to Africa in 1968.[2] Subsequently, he worked as a professional hunter and game ranger in Zambia, Botswana, and Rhodesia.

Capstick started writing about his adventures in the late 1960s and published numerous articles in various sporting magazines. In 1977, he published his first book, Death in the Long Grass,[2] which became a commercial success and established his reputation as an author of true adventure stories. Capstick is frequently compared to Ernest Hemingway and Robert Ruark in discussions of influential African hunting authors.[3]


In early 1996, Capstick was a keynote speaker at the annual Safari Club International convention in Reno, Nevada, when he collapsed in his hotel room and was diagnosed with exhaustion. He was immediately flown back to his adopted country of South Africa and underwent heart bypass surgery in a Pretoria hospital. He died just before midnight on March 13 of complications from surgery.[1]

After a small private ceremony, his ashes were scattered over the Chobe River in northeastern Botswana.[1]


The .470 Capstick rifle cartridge, developed by A-Square's Colonel Arthur B. Alphin in 1990, bears his name.[4] Additionally, his legacy is saluted by The Dallas Safari Club's annual Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award for the promotion of responsible hunting and wildlife conservation.[citation needed]


  • A Man Called Lion
  • The African Adventurers: A Return To Silent Places
  • Death in a Lonely Land
  • Death in the Dark Continent
  • Death in the Long Grass
  • Death in the Silent Places
  • The Last Ivory Hunter
  • Last Horizons
  • Maneaters
  • Peter Capstick's Africa: A Return To The Long Grass
  • Sands of Silence
  • Safari: the Last Adventure
  • Warrior: the Legend of Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen


Capstick published a series of hunting videos over the years.[5]

  • Capstick - Botswana Safari
  • Capstick - Hunting the White Rhino
  • Capstick - Hunting the African Elephant
  • Capstick - Hunting the African Lion
  • Capstick - Hunting the Cape Buffalo
  • Capstick's Last Safari

See also[edit]



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