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The New York Times science 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 ...
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The New York Times science 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 Hunter is 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)
|A Note on Place-Names|
|Scientific and Technical Staff of the Central Asiatic Expeditions|
|I||Under a Lucky Star||1|
|II||The Central Asiatic Expeditions: The Inspiration||53|
|III||Into the "Great Unknown"||139|
|IV||Politics and Paleontology||225|
Posted September 23, 2010
Dragon Hunter, by Charles Gallenkamp, discusses the life of Roy Chapman Andrews and is a mix of science and adventure. You won't want to put the book down after you start reading it. The story maps out the life of Roy Chapman Andrews, whose expeditions to the Gobi Desert in the 1920s and 1930s were the most motivated scientific undertaking ever in the United States. The expeditions exposed archaeological treasures, in spite of treacherous weather conditions and the civil war. He told the director of the museum that if it were just a matter of mopping the floors, he would be more than happy to do the job. He mopped the floors of the museum and eventually became the director of the museum. The descriptions of his expeditions make for an exciting reading. Gallenkamp has summarized the Mongolian regional politics as well as society of the time, and has made it clear just how Andrews became a sensation in his day. The book goes into great detail of his life leading up to his adventures. For instance, when he went to Asia for the first time I felt like I was along his side embracing the adventure myself. When the author described Mongolia as one of the most beautiful places in the world, it makes you want to travel there and see the sights for yourself. I also liked the way the author would tell what was happening in history during his adventures. This helped the reader know what was going on in the region at that particular time. If you love to read about real life exploration, discovery, dinosaurs, and bandits; this is a great book for you. If you want to learn about Andrews Central Asiatic Expeditions, life in the Gobi, and the political intrigue of 1920's China, this is also a novel that you will take pleasure in. You should not read this book if you're not into archeology, otherwise this book will bore you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 9, 2003
This was a very interesting book. Andrews was a fascinating man when the age of the explorers was still alive. I found the information on the times and culture of China and Mongolia very interesting, and at times eclipsing the excursions into the Gobi. However, this book would not be the first historical/biogrphy I would recommend to fellow readers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 26, 2002
Posted May 9, 2001
At last! - a proper adult biography of Roy Chapman Andrews. Despite the politically correct nonsense review given by 'Kirkus Review', Charles Gallenkamp has written an indepth book about the life of Andrews and the times that he lived in; they are both fascinating. Andrews was a product of his time - not a product of late 21st century revisionist history. Gallenkamp tells us Andrews' story as it really was - not as some would like to see it rewritten. Despite 3 previous attempts by other authors [1930, 1968, 1972 ]to capture the true essence of Andrews, and numerous 'Kids' books on the market today - Until Gallenkamp's 'Dragon Hunter' There has been no proper biography of Andrews written. If you love to read about real life exploration, discovery, dinosaurs, and bandits; this is a great book. If you want to learn about how Andrews put the Central Asiatic Expeditions together, how personnel was selected, life in the Gobi, and the political intrigue of 1920's China - this is also a book you can really enjoy. The numerous B/W photos are reproduced on glossy paper; a few of these images have never been seen by the public before. Of particular note are the drawings by Karen Wright, which were created for this book. My one complaint is that this bio of Andrews centers around the famous expeditions to Mongolia, but does not go into as much detail about Andrews' earlier whale research days, or his life after the Mongolian Expeditions - but then this would probably have been a 3 volume set. Gallenkamp's 'Dragon Hunter' portrays the real-life accomplsihments of a real-life man; warts and all. It is a gripping read, and you quickly realize how much nonsense has previously been written about Andrews. Move over Indiana Jones - here is the real thing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.