Dragon Hunter by Charles Gallenkamp
Roy Chapman Andrews and the Central Asiatic Expeditions

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Roy Chapman Andrews led "the most celebrated fossil-hunting expedition of the twentieth century," wrote New York Times science writer John Noble Wilford. Financed by Morgan, Rockefeller ,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 up to that time. Under the auspices of New York's American Museum of Natural History, Andrews conducted five expeditions to the last unchartered corner of the world: the Gobi Desert of Outer and Inner Mongolia.

In Dragon Hunter, Charles Gallenkamp vividly recounts these tremendous discoveries and the unforgettable adventures that attended them. Filled with astonishing tales of Andrews and his team braving raging sandstorms and murderous bandits, enduring political intrigue and civil wars, and reveling in the fascinating world of Peking's foreign colony, Dragon Hunter also traces the religious controversy over evolution and the anti-imperialist conflicts between the United States and China that were sparked by Andrews's expeditions.

Gallenkamp tells 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. The result is a thrilling page-turner-an epic search for dinosaurs and extinct mammals cloaked in a sweeping historical narrative.
 

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Charles Gallenkamp is the author of "Maya: The Riddle and Rediscovery of a Lost Civilization,
 
Published May 21, 2001 by Viking Adult. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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Still, in the end both Andrews’s life and Gallenkamp’s telling leave a sour taste in the mouth, for the Central Asiatic Expeditions had a eugenic rationale that is barely touched on here, and the condescending tone with which the polo playing, openly imperialistic Andrews treated the Chinese is o...

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While this book offers the reader a comprehensive overview of Andrews life and work, the main focus of this biography is Andrews' expeditions to Central Asia, which took place between 1922 and 1930.

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