Dragon Hunter: Roy Chapman Andrews and the Central Asiatic Expeditions

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Penguin Books, 2002 - History - 344 pages
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The New York Timesscience editor John Noble Wilford has called the Central Asiatic Expeditions (1922-1930) "the most celebrated . . . of the twentieth century." Led by world-renowned explorer Roy Chapman Andrews, the five expeditions uncovered unimagined scientific wonders: the Flaming Cliffs, dinosaur eggs, the first skeleton of Velociraptor (the terrifying killer of Jurassic Park fame), and a fossil treasure trove of other dinosaurs and extinct mammals.

In Dragon Hunter, Charles Gallenkamp vividly recounts these extraordinary adventures while telling 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. Filled with astonishing tales of political intrigue and braving the elements, Dragon Hunteris a thrilling page-turner that takes readers along on one of the most important scientific missions in history.

"Enormously entertaining." (The New York Times Book Review)

"Amazing stuff . . . an incredibly exciting life." (National Geographic Explorer)

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User Review  - Stbalbach - LibraryThing

The Gobi desert is one of the world's best spots to find dinosaur bones. It was the same environment 100 million years ago. Dinosaurs were often caught in sand storms, or sand avalanches, or quick ... Read full review

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Wonderful introduction to Andrews, the apparent (and fitting) inspiration for Indiana Jones. Highly recommended and will make you want to hunt down Andrews' own books. 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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