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Colleen Mondor

With a liberal amount of photographs and a solid collection of sources, Enright opens with a thorough look at Martin's childhood and how he came to be with the Londons on the Snark. The relationship between the two couples and Osa's dramatic health problems -- which make her presence on the expeditions that much more extraordinary -- are detailed. Happily, even while dealing with famous names, Enright does not dwell on gossipy revelations, instead referencing lectures, news reports, diaries, and letters as she recounts the Johnsons' journeys and their dynamic presence at packed lecture halls. (Osa was also renowned for her fashion sense.) There are plenty of exciting moments to recall, as Osa shot more than one charging lion, as well as encounters with royalty and the wealthy. Enright also shows how the Johnsons evolved in the way they saw the wild places they encountered, first recording the strange and unusual, and then becoming true nature documenters determined to do what they could to preserve the natural world.