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WOMEN OF THE FOUR WINDS Olds 1999 Paperback
By Olds, Elizabther Fagg
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1999. 336 pp, photos. Although now almost completely forgotten, the four subjects of this collective biography were celebrated heroines in the first four decades of the 20th century. Annie Peck climbed mountains in South America; Delia Akeley explored equatorial Africa and lived with isolated pygmy tribes; Marguerite Harrison was a spy in Soviet Russia and a filmmaker trekking with nomads in Persia; Louise Boyd led expeditions to the Arctic.

Olds, a journalist and past president of the Society of Women Geographers, has written a crisp, lively, and wonderfully entertaining account of these early members of the society. In addition , she has performed the valuable task of restoring the memory of these women to contemporary history. Paperback, Very Good or Fine condition


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Annie Smith Peck attempted seven times to climb Peru's highest mountain; Delia Akeley hunted big game in Africa; Marguerite Harrison spied in Russia for America; Louise Arner Boyd led expeditions to perilous East Greenland. Precursors of the modern Jane Goodalls and Sally Rides, these women represent a fascinating but forgotten era in the literature of exploration.


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