I Married Adventure: The Lives of Martin and Osa Johnson

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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 ...

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Overview

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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"books of adventure are so numerous....[But] this one is unique. It has the human quality of a novel and the permanence of social history." -Katherine Woods, The New York Times

"Tells the whole story unaffectedly and with a simple charm that is highly engaging. It belongs on any list of Americana, for the Johnsons were as American as Davy Crockett." -Joseph Wood Krutch, The Nation

"A pleasant, forthright...exciting book." -Clifton Fadiman, The New Yorker

"It makes good reading...at this dark hour, as good an 'escape story' as you are apt to run into for some time." -Atlantic Monthly

"I MARRIED ADVENTURE is a fine book on many counts...A good travel book, a good adventure book, a good book about animals, a good book on photography, and , best of all...a good human story about two extremely likable people, told by one of them with simplicity, humor, [and] warmth." -Rose Feld, Books

"It isn't just the animal-lover who will cherish this story. Anyone who likes a thrilling tale (a true one, too) with a plucky, nervy, cheerful, and charming hero and heroine is all set. I MARRIED ADVENTURE is as rare and real as the people who made it possible."-Olga Owens, Boston Transcript

"The reader is impressed with the tremendous industriousness of these two people, their physical endurance, their patience, their understanding of animals and natives, and their love for each other....[The] old and young will enjoy this book. It is splendidly illustrated." -M.N. Baker, Library Journal

"Every page of her book is readable and exciting: the photographs are plentiful and have all the dramatic quality that we are used to in the camera work of the author and her husband." -Manchester Guardian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568361284
  • Publisher: Kodansha International
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: Kodansha Globe Ser.
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 214,372
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted July 24, 2010

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    Outstanding Aventure

    Martin and Osa Johnson have captured my young mind and the book remains one of my favorites today, 60 years after my first read at age ten. It is a truly fascinating journey for the husband-wife photographic/adventurer/write/explorer/aviation pioneer teams that you will not put down nor ever get rid of. A true classic in the finest sense. I would rate it a TEN also, for young minds and old, from an era of worldwide romantic adventure to the space age, it's tops!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2003

    Actually, I give this book 10 stars

    This is book is incredibly fasinating! Once I picked up the book and brought it home, I could not put all 364 pages down! If you enjoy reading books about adventure, a hint of romance, photography, and the way the world was like in the 1900's, this is ONE book you can't pass up! 'I Married Adventure' By Osa Johnson!

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