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Warrior

The Legend Of Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen

Peter Hathaway Capstick; Edited and prepared for publication by Fiona Capstick

St. Martin's Press

Peter Hathaway Capstick died in 1996. At the time of his death, the world-renowned adventure writer was putting the finishing touches on this, a stirring and vivid biography of Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen, a man with whom he felt he had much in common. Edited and prepared for publication by his widow, Fiona Capstick, this riveting book is Capstick's farewell to his fans and the final addition to the bestselling Peter Capstick Library.

Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen was one of those rare men whom fate always seems to cast in the dramas that shape history. As a young officer, he served in India and Africa during the glory days of the British Empire, defending the crown's dominions and exploring its darkest reaches. His exploits in the bloody colonial wars of turn-of-the-century East Africa earned him a reputation as one of the most fierce and ruthless soldiers in the Empire, yet it was during those years spent roaming the silent places of the Serengeti, hunting its game and learning its secrets, that Meinertzhagen developed a fascination with Africa that would last a lifetime.

But there were other adventures to come, and Capstick narrates them all with his trademark skill and wit: daring commando raids against German forces in Africa and the Mideast during World War I, covert missions to the USSR and Nazi Germany between the wars, work as an OSS agent during World War II, and Meinertzhagen's ceaseless support of Israeli nationhood are all woven together into an epic adventure, a powerful chronicle that follows the tracks of a twentieth-century legend.

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Chapter 1Born in London on March 3, 1878, just fifteen months shy of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, Dick entered that halcyon age of empire where high-born privilege, spit, polish, tiffin, pigsticking, boiled beef, cold showers, and God Save the Queen would form part of the intricate tapestry of his long life. It was the height of the Victorian era, and the gas-lit streets and horse-drawn transport were a lifetime away from the supersonic aircraft, submarines, electric light, wireless telegraphy, world wars, atomic bombs, and space exploration Dick would live to witness.Britain ruled
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"If high adventure teetering on the edge of abject terror is your bag, then Capstick is your man. Nobody does it better!"--Denver Post

"The master storyteller of African adventure..."--The Outdoor Journal

"Capstick is an exceptionally fine writer, capable of involving all of the reader's senses."--The Miami Herald
"If high adventure teetering on the edge of abject terror is your bag, then Capstick is your man. Nobody does it better!"--Denver Post

"The master storyteller of African adventure..."--The Outdoor Journal

"Capstick is an exceptionally fine writer, capable of involving all of the reader's senses."--The Miami Herald

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  • Peter Hathaway Capstick; Edited and prepared for publication by Fiona Capstick

  • After giving up a career on Wall Street, Peter Hathaway Capstick moved to South Africa, where he became a professional game hunter and acclaimed writer. He lived there with his wife Fiona, until his death in 1996.
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    The Legend Of Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen

    Peter Hathaway Capstick; Edited and prepared for publication by Fiona Capstick

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