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Explorer Paul Du Chaillu (1831?-1903) seemed inclined to remain obscure. To this day, the year and even the continent of his birth remain unknown. But even the dense equatorial wilderness of West Africa could not protect him from the fame and controversy that pursued him after he became enmeshed in merciless debates about the theory of evolution. His "discovery" of gorillas and pygmies brought him fame, but also ignominy. This groundbreaking biography by Washington Post journalist Monte Reel reveals some of the deepest secrets of this enigmatic man.