From the Publisher
“A rare treat...utterly wonderful to museum buffs.” Publishers Weekly
“Conveys the feeling of excitement and unflagging curiosity of those working behind the scenes to add to mankind's knowledge of the natural world.” Lorin Nevling, Jr., Director Emeritus, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
“Dinosaurs in the Attic is not just chronicle, or even history-it is literature, and a damn good read!” Charles R. Crumly, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
“The raucous and heroic history of one of America's best-loved museums...a beguiling book.” Chicago Tribune
“Preston writes...with breezy wit and insight.” Boston Globe
“A delightful book filled with fascinating stories, anecdotes, and personalities.” Library Journal
New York's American Museum of Natural History, one of the outstanding science museums in the world, contains an extraordinary collection of objects: dinosaur skeletons, human mummies, tiny beetles, birds of paradise, and massive totem poles. Only a tiny fraction of the millions of catalogued specimens is on public view, and Douglas, with a series of judicious choices, takes us on a tour of the great labyrinth of storerooms and vaults that houses the bulk of the collection. Of equal interest are the people who built up and continue to maintain this extraordinary collection. This is a delightful book filled with fascinating stories, anecdotes, and personalities. Highly recommended. Walter P. Coombs, Jr., Biology Dept., Western New Engalnd Coll., Springfield, Mass.