Dragon Hunter

Dragon Hunter

Roy Chapman Andrews and the Central Asiatic Expeditions

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Baker & Taylor
A journey through the tremendous disoveries and unforgettable adventures of the Central Asiatic Expeditions of 1922-1930 describes how a fossil-hunting team, led by Roy Chapman Andrews, braved raging sandstorms, murderous bandts, political intrigue, civil war, and conflicts between the United States and China as it searched for evidence of dinosaurs and other extinct creatures in the Gobi Desert. 35,000 first printing.

Book News
This combination biography and adventure story traces the life of the explorer Roy Chapman Andrews, whose five expeditions to the Gobi Desert in the 1920s and 1930s were the most ambitious scientific venture ever launched from the US. Using automobiles supported by camel caravans, the expeditions uncovered dinosaur eggs, the first skeleton of Velociraptor , and other archaeological treasures, in spite of sandstorms, bandits, and civil war. Gallenkamp, an archaeologist, also traces the religious controversy over evolution and the anti-imperialist conflicts involving China, Mongolia, and the US that were sparked by Andrews' expeditions. Generously illustrated with photos from Andrews' life and expeditions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
The New York Times science editor John Noble Wilford has called it "the most celebrated fossil-hunting expedition of the twentieth century." Led by the world-renowned explorer Roy Chapman Andrews and financed by J.P. Morgan, Jr., John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Childs Frick, and a host of other Wall Street titans, the Central Asiatic Expeditions (1922-1930) comprised the most ambitious scientific venture ever launched from the United States. Under the auspices of the American Museum of Natural History, Andrews conducted five expeditions to the last uncharted corner of the world: the Gobi Desert of Outer and Inner Mongolia. Using automobiles supported by camel caravans, Andrews' expeditions stumbled upon unimagined scientific wonders: the Flaming Cliffs, dinosaur eggs, the first skeleton on Velociraptor (the terrifying killer of Jurassic Park fame), and a fossil treasure trove of other dinosaurs and extinct mammals.

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Describes how a fossil-hunting team led by Roy Chapman Andrews during the Central Asiatic Expeditions of 1922-1930 braved sandstorms, bandits, civil war, and political conflict as it searched for evidence of dinosaurs in the Gobi Desert.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2001
ISBN: 9780670890934
Branch Call Number: B AND
Characteristics: xxiv, 344 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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Feb 22, 2016

A real life adventure complete with rich stories of historical proportions.
Chapman is a self made man who achieves international fame for exploring the Asia/Mongolia areas returning 3 times in the early 20th century and discovering many extinct dinosaurs bones and shipping them to U.S. museums despite overcoming sand storms, dangerous nomads / mongolians and preparing/planning the considerable expedition logistics.
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May 23, 2011

This was a very good book. The only thing I wish it had was a larger, pull-out map, so I could follow along better with each expedition. Through this book, I was able to see what it was like to launch many exploratory expeditions in Central Asia during good and bad times. I was able to learn about cultures I haven't encountered before. And I was able to learn about the lives of some of the key people involved in the explorations. I would recommend this book to people who like to read about adventurers, history, and clashes between cultures.


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