1. African Game Trails (1910)
After his term as President ended in 1909, Roosevelt set out for Africa on a hunting expedition to stock the Smithsonian with exhibits of Africa’s biggest and most exotic specimens.
African Game Trails, TR’s account of the trip, begins in Mombassa (now in Kenya) and covers pursuit of game across the Eastern portion of the Dark Continent, from the Snows of Kilimanjaro and across the Great Rift Valley. Traveling with TR were an assortment of guides and guests, including his son, Kermit.
At just over 300 pages, the book is a great read. It gives TR’s impressions of Africa’s people and scenery, settlers and tribes. The firearms are discussed and hunting and stalking methods are detailed.