I Married Adventure: The Lives of Martin and Osa Johnson

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Kodansha International, 1997 - Travel - 422 pages
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A CLASSIC MEMOIR OF TWO PIONEERING ADVENTURERS

Before Joy Adamson went to Africa, before Margaret Mead sailed to Samoa, before Dian Fossey was even born, a Kansas teenager
named Osa Leighty married Martin Johnson, a pioneering photographer just back from a 'round-the-world cruise with Jack London. Together the Johnsons flew and sailed to Borneo, to Kenya, and to the Congo, filming Simba and other popular nature movies with Martin behind the camera and Osa holding her rifle at the ready in case the scene's big game star should turn hostile. This bestselling memoir retraces their careers in rich detail, with precisely observed descriptions and often heart-stopping anecdotes. Illustrated with scores of the dramatic photos that made the Johnsons famous, it's a book sure to delight every lover of true adventure.

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Great pictures in it as well. - Goodreads
The biggest plus were the stunning illustrations. - Goodreads
The pictures in the book help tell the story. - Goodreads

Review: I Married Adventure: The Lives of Martin and Osa Johnson (Kodansha Globe)

User Review  - Anne Buck - Goodreads

This was such an interesting book. Martin and Osa are adventure travelers and documentary film makers and photographers in the early part of the 20th century. Their travels took them to the South ... Read full review

Review: I Married Adventure: The Lives of Martin and Osa Johnson (Kodansha Globe)

User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

This would have been great if it weren't for the gross cultural insensitivity. I know it was an earlier time, but the frequent racist caricatures made me gag. Also, it was ghostwritten. Read full review

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About the author (1997)


OSA JOHNSON was born in 1893 in Chanute, Kansas. She married Martin Johnson in 1910 and accompanied him on all of his expeditions until 1937, when he was killed in a commercial airline crash. In 1940 she published I Married Adventure, which became a worldwide bestseller, and established the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum in Chanute, Kansas.

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