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Book Title: Elephant Destiny: Biography Of An Endangered Species In Africa|
The author of the book: Martin Meredith
Date of issue: April 2nd 2003
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ISBN 13: 9781586480776
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This book really ought to have been titled, "Elephant History". Beginning before Alexander the Great and his elephant army, it covers the slaughtering of elephants, mostly in the name of ivory, from centuries ago to the current age (ending in 2001). There are many anecdotes and accounts from travelers and researchers of all kinds. However, only within the last few chapters does it really discuss the wonders of elephant life (and these are very much worth reading even if you skip the rest).
For an elephant-lover, I don't know if there is a sadder book. The plethora of elephants that used to coat the entirety of Africa, numbering in the hundreds of thousands if not millions, has been reduced tragically over time. One has to wonder, reading this and knowing how wise, intelligent, and compassionate elephants are, whether human greed has known, or ever will know, any bounds. Sometimes the tales from hunters or observers were so tragic, I was forced to take a break from the book for a while. The worst part is the realization, as you near the end of the book, that this slaughter has not stopped. Even today, elephants are slain for their ivory. Sometimes they are slain by the very people "protecting" them, in the name of population control! Meredith makes a hell of a case for the African elephant.
In the end, I feel Elephant Destiny was a very worthwhile read. If you have a heart at all, by the end you'll be deeply concerned over the fate of the elephants. This is Meredith's goal, and with an unbiased style, he brings both love and tragedy to their name.
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Read information about the authorMartin Meredith is a historian, journalist and biographer, and author of many acclaimed books on Africa.
Meredith first worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa for the Observer and Sunday Times, then as a research fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Residing near Oxford, he is now an independent commentator and author.
Meredith’s writing has been described as authoritative and well-documented, despite the pessimism inherent in his subject matter.
He is the author of Diamonds, Gold and War, Mugabe: Power, Plunder – which sold over 15 000 copies in South Africa, and The Struggle for Zimbabwe’s Future, The State of Africa and Nelson Mandela: A Biography, among many others.
His most recent book is Born in Africa, published by Jonathan Ball Publishers.