American Daredevil by Cathryn J. Prince
The Extraordinary Life of Richard Halliburton, the World's First Celebrity Travel Writer

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A rollicking tale of the incredible saga of a man constantly searching for the next exploit and sharing them in his writings.
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With a polished walking stick and neatly pressed trousers, Richard Halliburton served as an intrepid globetrotting guide for millions of Americans in the 1920s and '30s. Readers waited with bated breath for each new article and book he wrote. During his career, Halliburton climbed the Matterhorn, nearly fell out of his plane while shooting the first aerial photographs of Mt. Everest, and became the first person to swim the Panama Canal. With his matinee idol looks, the Tennessee native was a media darling in an era of optimism and increased social openness. But as the Great Depression and looming war pushed America toward social conservatism, Halliburton more actively worked to hide his homosexuality, burnishing his image as a masculine trailblazer. As chronicled in American Daredevil, Halliburton harnessed the media of his day to gain and maintain a widespread following long before our age of the 24-hour news cycle, and thus became the first celebrity adventure journalist. And during the darkest hours of the Great Depression, Halliburton did something remarkable: he inspired generations of authors, journalists, and everyday people who dreamt of fame and glory to explore the world.
 

About Cathryn J. Prince

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Cathryn J. Prince is the author of Death in the Baltic, Burn the Town and Sack the Banks, and A Professor, a President, and a Meteor. She has worked as a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor in Switzerland and in New York, where she reported on the United Nations, and is a frequent contributor to the Times of Israel.
 
Published June 1, 2016 by Chicago Review Press. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Mar 22 2016

A rollicking tale of the incredible saga of a man constantly searching for the next exploit and sharing them in his writings.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by William Tomicki on Jul 22 2016

Journalist and author Cathryn Prince has done a very thorough job researching “Romantic Richard” Halliburton, the story of his personal struggles, and why he chose to escape a traditional career and lifestyle. She tells his story in compelling detail and, like its subject, it is never boring.

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