a splendid savage the restless life of frederick russell burnham

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A Splendid Savage

Author : Steve Kemper
ISBN : 0393353907
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Frederick Russell Burnham's (1861-1947) amazing story resembles a newsreel fused with a Saturday matinee thriller. One of the few people who could turn his garrulous friend Theodore Roosevelt into a listener, Burnham was once world-famous as "the American scout." His expertise in woodcraft, learned from frontiersmen and Indians, helped inspire another friend, Robert Baden-Powell, to found the Boy Scouts. His adventures encompassed Apache wars and range feuds, booms and busts in mining camps around the globe, explorations in remote regions of Africa, and death-defying military feats that brought him renown and high honors. His skills led to his unusual appointment, as an American, to be Chief of Scouts for the British during the Boer War, where his daring exploits earned him the Distinguished Service Order from King Edward VII. After a lifetime pursuing golden prospects from the deserts of Mexico and Africa to the tundra of the Klondike, Burnham found wealth, in his sixties, near his childhood home in southern California. Other men of his era had a few such adventures, but Burnham had them all. His friend H. Rider Haggard, author of many best-selling exotic tales, remarked, "In real life he is more interesting than any of my heroes of romance." Among other well-known individuals who figure in Burnham's story are Cecil Rhodes and William Howard Taft, as well as some of the wealthiest men of the day, including John Hays Hammond, E. H. Harriman, Henry Payne Whitney, and the Guggenheim brothers. Failure and tragedy streaked his life as well, but he was endlessly willing to set off into the unknown, where the future felt up for grabs and values worth dying for were at stake. Steve Kemper brings a quintessential American story to vivid life in this gripping biography.

Scouting On Two Continents

Author : Major Frederick Russell Burnham
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Frederick Russell Burnham (1861 – 1947) was an American scout and adventurer who serve with the British in southern colonial Africa. This classic includes the following chapters: I. The Making of a Scout II. First Lessons in Scouting III. The Tonto Basin Feud IV. My Smuggler Friend V. Ups and Downs in Globe VI. The Necktie Party VII. Gold Mining VIII. The Call to Africa IX. The Long Trail X. The Trek North XI. The War Cloud XII. Mashonaland XIII. The First Matabele War XIV. When the Compass Failed XV. Carrying Dispatches XVI. The Dash to Capture the King XVII. Wilson’s Last Stand XVIII. Forbes’s Retreat XIX. After the War XX. The Jameson Raid XXI. The Second Matabele War XXII. Rhodesia’s Darkest Hour XXIII. The M’limo XXIV. Klondike XXV. An Opinion of the Boers XXVI. Paardeberg and Modder River XXVII. The Pietersburg Failure XXVIII. Cattle Lifting Near Brakpan XXIX. Taken Prisoner at Sanna’s Post XXX. Escape From the Boers XXXI. Cutting the Railroad XXXII. Wounded XXXIII. Rewards XXXIV. The Great War and the Prospector


Author : Peter Van Wyk
ISBN : 9781412009010
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A world-traveled writer recounts the amazing adventures of an American who mentored Robert Baden-Powell and inspired the Boy Scouts. Burnham is bigger than the Chief Scout.

A Labyrinth Of Kingdoms 10 000 Miles Through Islamic Africa

Author : Steve Kemper
ISBN : 9780393084061
Genre : History
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A true story that rivals the travels of Burton or Stanley for excitement, and surpasses them in scientific achievements. In 1849 Heinrich Barth joined a small British expedition into unexplored regions of Islamic North and Central Africa. One by one his companions died, but he carried on alone, eventually reaching the fabled city of gold, Timbuktu. His five-and-a-half-year, 10,000-mile adventure ranks among the greatest journeys in the annals of exploration, and his discoveries are considered indispensable by modern scholars of Africa. Yet because of shifting politics, European preconceptions about Africa, and his own thorny personality, Barth has been almost forgotten. The general public has never heard of him, his epic journey, or his still-pertinent observations about Africa and Islam; and his monumental five-volume Travels and Discoveries in North and Central Africa is rare even in libraries. By delivering the first biography on Barth in English, Steve Kemper goes a long way to rescue this fascinating figure from obscurity.

Taking Chances

Author : Frederick Russell Burnham
ISBN : STANFORD:36105048627009
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An American Family On The African Frontier

Author : Richard H. Bradford
ISBN : UOM:39015034207111
Genre : Africa, Southern
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In the late 1880s, as the American frontier "closed", the family of Frederick Russell Burnham, an American prospector and military hero, left for Africa in search of a new life. Burnham's experiences in the Indian uprisings of the U.S., his disenchantment with industrial America during the labor battles of the 1880s, and the necessity of using native labor in the mines of South Africa all shaped his thinking during a time when Social Darwinism was fashionable. In a collection of letters edited by historians Mary E. and Richard H. Bradford, the Burnham's life in Africa comes alive, revealing a seldom-seen portrait of turn-of-the-century South Africa through the eyes of an American family that believed, as many of that time did, that a land's resources were available for the taking. While the letters tell of adventure and hardship, they also reveal a brutally honest account of Frederick Russell Burnham's role in the subordination of native cultures for profit. His views, echoed by Cecil Rhodes and many other prominent American, British, and Dutch citizens, held disregard for and ignorance of the culture and traditions of the indigenous people of South Africa. Ultimately, the letters give the reader a fascinating glimpse of America's role in the history of the "Dark Continent". More to the point, however, they go a long way towards explaining many of the problems South Africa faces today.

Down On The Border

Author : Bart Skelton
ISBN : 9781410783288
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Love is Forever, is the story of Melinda Harmon, a young woman of mixed ancestry who meets and falls in love with the wealthy son of a powerful, and influential Hispanic family. Set in early Louisiana, it is a captivating story of courage, determination, and true grit. Forbidden by the laws of this land, she and her beloved travel out of the country to be wed secretly. Augustos Javier de Soto, the elder son, of a wealthy Spanish family, fell in love with the rumored illegitimate daughter of the Savoie Family. His Parent's strongly against the union, persuade his beloved to break off their relationship. He stays away for nearly five years before returning. Determined to make Melinda his wife, he forsakes all others to make their dreams come true. But, can their love sustain them as they face what lies ahead--

Reinventing The Wheel

Author : Steve Kemper
ISBN : 9780060761387
Genre : Business & Economics
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Reinventing the Wheel is the riveting, behind-the-scenes story of the enigmatic and cocksure inventor Dean Kamen and the Segway Human Transporter. When Kamen invented the two-wheeled vehicle known to many by its code name, Ginger, he promised it would transform the face of personal transportation forever. But when this brilliant and driven inventor attempted to become an entrepreneur, a colossal power struggle ensued. Here, Steve Kemper takes you along for the wild ride. In Reinventing the Wheel, Kemper goes inside Kamen's world of technology development, where nerve and ingenuity collide with high finance and the bottom line.

After The Revolution Profiles Of Early American Culture

Author : Joseph J. Ellis
ISBN : 9780393072303
Genre : History
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Through portraits of four figures—Charles Willson Peale, Hugh Henry Brackenridge, William Dunlap, and Noah Webster—Joseph Ellis provides a unique perspective on the role of culture in post-Revolutionary America, both its high expectations and its frustrations. Each life is fascinating in its own right, and each is used to brightly illuminate the historical context.

Big Game Hunter

Author : Norman Etherington
ISBN : 0719808286
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‘He led a singularly adventurous and fascinating life, with just the right alternations between the wilderness and civilization.’Teddy Roosevelt, 1917This book tells the story of an adventurer, hunter and naturalist in late nineteenth-century Africa, who would inspire novelists such as Rider Haggard and Wilbur Smith. The book describes Selous’ extraordinary adventures, which included elephant-hunting, diamond-prospecting and an early expedition to found Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in the European scramble for Africa. The book also examines Selous’ relationships with other influential people of the time, including Robert Baden-Powell, Frederick Russell Burnham, Cecil Rhodes, King Lobengula of the Ndebele, and American President Teddy Roosevelt.In Big Game Hunter Norman Etherington paints a skilful portrait of a complex man who started as an elephant hunter but who eventually founded some of the first game reserves in Africa and was acclaimed by both the National History Museum and the Royal Geographical Society for his collections and discoveries.Selous, who was killed by a German sniper bullet in Tanganyika in the First World War, was one of the world’s great adventurers.

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