"Paul Du Chaillu’s celebrity had largely faded by the time of his death" From the afterwords of Between Man and Beast. And I think for a most of modern world that is true. Sure there will able be those in the know who could recount the stories or found a reference in a university guild about his contribution but for most if it has not been made and re made in to movie or tv show it just not a conversational topic. This book may not change that but it is well written.
Mr Reel writes clear about life in the mid 1800 with exchanges and rivalry of some of great of science of that time. Pointing out ideas and thoughts that were easy to see from their point of view. I loved the world and the ideas and found it easy to just jump in and enjoy this book.
I feel I should return to this review after a bit of thought but this will do for now. I am glad I found this book and happy I read it.