Dragon hunter: Roy Chapman Andrews and the Central Asiatic expeditions

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Viking, May 24, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 344 pages
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Roy Chapman Andrews led "the most celebrated fossil-hunting expedition of the twentieth-century," wrote New York Times science writer John Noble Wilford. Financed by Morgan, Rockefeller & a host of other Wall Street titans, the Central Asiatic Expeditions (1922-1930) comprised the most ambitious scientific venture ever launched from the United States up to that time. Under the auspices of New York's American Museum of Natural History, Andrews conducted five expeditions to the last unchartered corner of the world: the Gobi Desert of Outer & Inner Mongolia. In Dragon Hunter, Charles Gallenkamp vividly recounts these tremendous discoveries & the unforgettable adventures that attended them. Filled with astonishing tales of Andrews' & his team's braving raging sandstorms & murderous bandits, enduring political intrigue & civil wars, & reveling in the fascinating world of Peking's foreign colony, Dragon Hunter also traces the religious controversy over evolution & the antiimperialist conflicts between the United States & China that were sparked by Andrews's expeditions. Gallenkamp tells Andrews's incredible life story, from his beginnings as a floor sweeper at the American Museum of Natural History to his international fame as one of the century's most acclaimed explorers. The result is a thrilling page-turner--an epic search for dinosaurs & extinct mammals cloaked in a sweeping historical narrative.

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User Review  - Sarahandus - Goodreads

It's a biography of an adventurer with pictures of him posed in front of numerous things. I was expecting an aeorchology expidition. There was darn little about bones and fossils. Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Agnitti - Goodreads

I found it inspirational. I liked the way the main character was determined not to let present realities get in the way of his big dreams. Read full review

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Charles Gallenkamp is the author of "Maya: The Riddle and Rediscovery of a Lost Civilization,

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