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By Elspeth Huxley

Drawing on her wisdom of Kenya and its literature, Huxley provides a completely rounded portrait of a kingdom, its peoples and natural world, heritage and panorama, and the boys and ladies who made their mark upon it. Isak Dinesen, Ernest Hemingway, the Leakeys, Beryl Markham, Winston Churchill, Evelyn Waugh, and Theodore Roosevelt are one of many writers during this vintage anthology.

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