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Jeopardy and a Jeep Book by Dorothy Rogers

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features, Women & Jeeps

I am a bit behind on writing about my impressions of various jeep-related books I have read.  So, I’m going to try to catch up with that.  First on the docket is “Jeopardy and a Jeep: Africa Conquered by Two Women Professors”, written by a College Professor named Dorothy Rogers.

I’ll forgo a complete summarization of the book, as I’ve included a summarization published on inside of the dust cover.  However, I will say that Dorothy and Louise travelled in a Willys Wagon from France all the way down to the southern tip of Africa, before turning around and heading north again.  For that they deserve plenty of kudos!  For most of the trip their wagon, which they named “Jeepie”, was dependable.  One exception to that was the time their brakes went out going down a hill.  At the bottom of the hill was a one lane bridge upon which some road workers had parked their vehicle.  Having no options and no brakes, they were forced to jump Jeepie off a river bank.  They survived, as did Jeepie.  But, they said they hoped they’d never do that again!

While their book was interesting, I never found it as compelling as, for example, Schreiber’s journey in their Seep from Southern California to the Terra del Fuego in South America (which I’ll describe tomorrow).  That said, if you like a good jeep adventure, or Wagons, or Africa, you’ll likely enjoy this book.

Here is the dust jacket summary:

Here are a couple images:

After doing some research on the women, I learned that they wrote a second book in 1966 called “Highways Across the Heaven“.  It describes their twelve month journey Europe and Asia.  You can read a summary of it from the July-August 1967 Issue of Desert Magazine:

Some Links:

Amazon has a few very inexpensive copies

Alibris.com has links to several copies of the book, some as low as $11.00

Here is a first edition copy at old scrolls.com (I have never dealt with them)

This Old Jeep has a reference to the book

 

One comment on “Jeopardy and a Jeep Book by Dorothy Rogers

  1. Steve E.

    Sounds like an awesome adventure. I wish I could have been their driver…

    Twelve years ago, I worked for a guy who wanted to drive from San Diego, CA (where he lived) to Cape Horn on the Southern tip of Chile. He asked me what type of vehicle I thought would be best. I told him a Willys Wagon, of course.

    **Steve E.**

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