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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User Review  - livelyb - LibraryThing

The is a great read. Martin and Osa Johnson recorded a world that no longer exists. There are many very interesting photographs of African animals and people in that bygone era. Read full review

I Married Adventure

User Review  - carolinny - Overstock.com

After visiting the Safari Museum in Kansas and learning about this remarkable couple who pioneered African photography in the early 1900s I just had to read Osas book. The sense of adventure at a time when the world was quite imposing is a story worth sharing. Read full review

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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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