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Under a Lucky Star is the autobiography—the lifetime of adventure—of the explorer and archaeologist Roy Chapman Andrews. Adored by the public and pursued by the press, Andrews came as close to superstar status in the 1920s as any explorer of the twentieth century. Much of Under a Lucky Star focuses on his grandest adventure, the Central Asiatic Expeditions, a series of five daring journeys into uncharted expanses of the Gobi Desert that produced a previously unknown treasure-trove of dinosaur remains. The Gobi region explored by Andrews and his team of scientists proved to be one of the most fruitful sites on earth for late dinosaurs and it continues to yield extraordinary paleontological discoveries.

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“Roy Chapman Andrews, the celebrated explorer who discovered the first velociraptor skeleton in the Gobi Desert, was also a shameless self-promoter.”—Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976878186
  • Publisher: Borderland Books
  • Publication date: 1/9/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Roy Chapman Andrews (1884-1960) became fascinated with the natural world during his childhood along the Rock River in Wisconsin. After attending Beloit College, Andrews traveled to New York and asked for a job at the American Museum of Natural History, where he started as a janitor and eventually became the director of the museum.

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“Organized under the auspices of the American Museum of Natural History and heavily financed by Wall Street titans and public donations, the Central Asiatic Expeditions were immense in scope and logistical complexity. . . . Andrews and his companions challenged the Gobi using automobiles supported by camel caravans, an audacious concept denounced by many skeptics as foolhardy if not impossible. . . . In retrospect, the Central Asiatic Explorations constituted one of the truly innovative episodes in the annals of scientific discovery.”—from the foreword by Charles Gallenkamp, archaeologist and co-author of Dragon Hunter: Roy Chapman Andrews and the Central Asiatic Expeditions

"From the time that I can remember anything, I always intended to be an explorer, to work in a natural history museum, and to live out of doors. Actually, I never had any choice of a profession. I wanted to be an explorer and naturalist so passionately that anything else as a life work just never entered my mind."—Roy Chapman Andrews, Under a Lucky Star

“Hollywood added an unlikely boost to [Roy Chapman Andrews’s] reviving fame with the creation of the daring celluloid explorer ‘Indiana Jones.’ Persistent rumors credit Andrews with serving as the real-life model for the adventurous lifestyle of the imaginary explorer Dr. Henry Jones, Jr. (The gun-toting, fedora-wearing Andrews hated snakes, too.)”—from the afterword by Ann Bausum, author of Dragon Bones and Dinosaur Eggs: A Photobiography of Explorer Roy Chapman Andrews

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Table of Contents

1 Adventure Comes Early
2 I Meet a Whale
3 Submarine Courtship
4 Muscles and Murderers
5 Yokohama's Yoshiwara
6 Robinson Crusoe's Isle
7 Typhoon
8 Yesterday in Japan
9 Strictly Personal Explorations
10 Korean Devilfish and Killers
11 The Long White Mountain
12 A Harem on the Rocks
13 The Blue Tiger
14 Yunnan Adventures
15 Wartime Interlude
16 Dog Eats Man
17 Wall Street Ramblings
18 My Peking Palace
19 Marching Sands of the Gobi
20 The Emperor's Bride
21 Where the Dinosaur Laid Her Eggs
22 The Valley of the Jewels
23 The Great Dinosaur Egg Auction
24 Desert Dune Dwellers
25 Motoring through a War
26 Politics and Palaeontology
27 Fate Takes a Hand
28 Dangling in the Depths
29 A Square Peg in a Round Hole
30 Berkshire Paradise
Afterword: The Andrews Legacy

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

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    Andrew strikes the imagination

    As a big fan of Mr. Andrews, this book was a fantastic read. Not only is it exciting it stimulates your inner science geek to come out to play. Roy Chapman Andrews was the real-life Indiana Jones of the 1930's, exploring the vast, uncharted lands of the Gobi. During this work, not only did he battle Chinese bandits and visit Mongolian Princes and foreign lands, he discovered many species of Dinosaurs, birds, reptiles and lost civilizations. His writing style is capturing, witty, and provokes a laugh or two.
    Anyone who wants a good real life adventure book will love this.
    "There's always adventure around the corner---and the world is still full of corners!" -RCA

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