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I KILLED FOR A LIVING: THE STORY OF THE LAST BIG-GAME HUNTER IN SOUTH EAST ASIA
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I KILLED FOR A LIVING: THE STORY OF THE LAST BIG-GAME HUNTER IN SOUTH EAST ASIA

Author: Etienne Oggeri
Publisher: SAFARI PRESS, Sep 2011
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 1-57157-339-9

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Read the story of what hunting was like in the glory days of Vietnam. Etienne Oggeri was not only the foremost outfitter/guide in that country, but he is also a great writer who knows how to tell an interesting & riveting story. Those hunters who served the US military in Vietnam will find this book a particularly emotive experience. Photos; 6x9 inches, 216 pgs.

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Etienne Oggeri is the only living PH from Vietnam (that we know of), and Vietnam was once a paradise for hunting big game. As we all know, the country was destroyed by civil war, and only recently has it opened to hunting once more, and that on a limited basis. Thus, to have someone with Oggeri?s background write his memoirs of big-game hunting in French Indochina is something not to be missed.

Oggeri is descended from French settlers who immigrated to Indochina to build railroads . . . and to hunt. Oggeri essentially made his living either guiding sport hunters or poaching Asian elephants for ivory. Neither was easy, but he excelled at it because he was damn good. In addition to these challenges he also had to avoid the guerillas who infiltrated the country. Never one to give up easily, he was undisturbed by it all. Guiding Berry Brooks to several very good trophies, including gaur and tiger, was but one of the highlights of his career. Others include poaching elephants and convincing the authorities he had done no wrong. These very well-written vignettes give us a view into a hunting world that was once equally as vibrant as Africa. Ultimately, Oggeri was forced to leave his beloved Vietnam, not because the Vietcong, and not because of his poaching, but because of a torrid love affair with the sister of Madame Nhu, the first lady of Vietnam. This iron lady ruled over a corrupt government and arbitrarily ordered his expulsion in 1962.

Tigers and gaur are no longer hunted in Southeast Asia, and Vietnam is now on the road to becoming a commercial society, so it is only here in these pages that you can read the story of what hunting was like in the glory days of Vietnam. Etienne Oggeri was not only the foremost outfitter/guide in that country, but he is also a great writer who knows how to tell an interesting and riveting story. Those hunters who served the US military in Vietnam will find this book a particularly emotive experience.


 
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