The Adventures and Misadventures of Peter Beard In Africa
by Jon Bowermaster (Author)
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The Adventures and Misadventures of Peter Beard in Africa
Part biography, part social history, this classic account of photographer and raconteur Peter Beard's life in modern-day Kenya is a story of man's wrestling with life in an ancient part of the world. Bowermaster's searching text and Beard's own classic and unpublished photographs give shape and texture to both this intriguing man and the country that is his passion.
Library Journal Review
Beard is a self-described "remittance chum," a fellow who lives on trust fund income. He is also a respected photographer, both of African wildlife ( End of the Game , LJ 2/15/89) and beautiful models (he is the ex-husband of Cheryl Tiegs). Bowermaster describes Beard's experiences during 30 years in Africa, including times spent as a paid hunter, artist, Karen Blixen fan, eccentric, landowner, playboy, brief prison inmate, and, most recently, father. Though schooled in art, Beard would also like to be known as a person who understands wildlife management. Opposing the strict preservationists, he supports the "cull the herd" viewpoint, but he is also convinced that the real problem is human population growth and the resulting inevitable wildlife/human competition for resources. The photos were not seen, but given beard's reputation, they should be impressive. An interesting addition to biography or Africa collections.
-Nancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, Ohio Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.