Explorers House: National Geographic and the World it Made

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Penguin Press, 2006 - History - 357 pages
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For over one hundred years, National Geographic has brought “the world and all that’s in it” to millions of people worldwide. Through its unparalleled research, exploration, publications, and photography, the organization and its magazine have, in many ways, defined how we see the world. Now Robert Poole’s Explorers Houseoffers a vibrant, behind-the-scenes look at National Geographic, from its start in 1888 under the leadership of Alexander Graham Bell and the Grosvenor family to its evolution into one of the world’s most esteemed institutions. With unprecedented views and details of some of the magazine’s most groundbreaking articles and explorations, Explorers Housepresents National Geographic from the inside out, from its remarkable family to the very ends of the earth it investigates.

“A wonderfully subtle and exhaustive—and even shocking—portrait of an age and of an institution.” — Paul Theroux
“A great journey.” —Caroline Alexander, author of The Bountyand The Endurance

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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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(#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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About the author (2006)

Robert M. Poole retired as executive editor of National Geographic in 2001 after a twenty-one-year career there. In addition, Poole has contributed articles to the New York Times and the Washington Post, among other publications.

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