Women of the Four Winds: The Adventures of Four of America's First Women Explorers

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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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Elizabeth Fagg Olds has been a foreign correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and Mexican bureau chief for Time-Life. She recently served as international president of the Society of Women Geographers, the organization to which all these women belonged. She and her husband live in Washington, D.C.

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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. One hopes that these brief sketches will inspire book-length biographies. Ann Sullivan, Tompkins Cortland Community Coll. Lib., Dryden, N.Y.

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