Explorers house: National Geographic and the world it made

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Penguin Press, Oct 25, 2004 - History - 357 pages
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For more than a century, through unparalleled research, exploration, publications, and photography, the National Geographic Society and its magazine have, in many ways, defined how we see the world. This book, based on unprecedented archival and inside information, provides a behind-the-scenes look, from its start in 1888 to its evolution into an iconic American institution, as well as the family story of the Grosvenor media dynasty which, along with Alexander Graham Bell, created the photography-based monthly. Also shows the inside workings of the magazine's editorial process, providing a look behind some of its ground-breaking articles and explorations--from Cousteau's famous Calypso voyages to the origins of Jane Goodall's research on chimpanzees to the institution's 1963 Mt. Everest expedition.

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User Review  - Shrike58 - LibraryThing

What I like about this book is that the author deals forthrightly enough with the less charming aspects of the magazine's editorial policy, to the point that I didn't feel as if I was dealing with an ... Read full review

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User Review  - delphica - LibraryThing

(#49 in the 2007 book challenge) This was pretty nifty, essentially a biography of the family that had the reins of the National Geographic Society and magazine for most of its history, starting with ... Read full review



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Robert Poole is reader in history, University of Cumbria. He has written and broadcast extensively on history, from witch trials to the film "2001: A Space Odyssey,""" and has published in journals from "History Today" to "Past and Present,""" He lives in Lancaster, England.

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