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He's restrained, except when he's not. He is modest about his actual life details, his youth, his connection to the Museum , but he delivers on the matter of his grand adventures.

Under a Lucky Star by Roy Chapman Andrews

There's a bit of stiff upper lip and a certain manly sang froid, but the things he did were too cool to be tamped down and turned into just a bland travelogue. And sometimes his deadpan delivery and understatement make an adventure even more compelling. This is full bore "Boys Own" adventure, and the fact that it is real just adds an extra dimension.


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Roy Chapman Andrews was a rare character, and this is a rare book. Well worth searching out.

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Sep 11, Susan rated it liked it Shelves: Since I loved his books as a young girl, it was interesting to get an adult view of the author. Dec 15, Michael rated it it was ok. Occasionally interesting, a lot of bureaucracy for being the inspiration for Indiana Jones. It's amusing reading Andrews' amateurish and intellectually racist prose, which is no doubt a product of a bygone era.

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Aug 12, Henry Watts rated it really liked it. We'll just chalk up Indy 4 to the racist part. I like this book because it makes me want to work at a mesume. Nov 25, Alex Curry rated it it was amazing. A beautiful autobiography covering a lifetime of adventure and exploration. Perfect for any traveler or anyone interested in history or the great unknown. John Parson rated it liked it Aug 06, Tony Perkins rated it really liked it Jun 12, Panzagl rated it really liked it Apr 15, Jake rated it it was amazing Oct 20, Emily rated it really liked it Jan 25, Thomas Salerno rated it really liked it Jan 26, Dkay rated it liked it Dec 02, Larry White rated it really liked it Jul 15, Ryan Glay rated it liked it Jun 01, Michael Mincks rated it really liked it Sep 09, Kyla rated it really liked it Jul 23, Tracy rated it liked it Nov 07, Ruth-Anne rated it liked it Feb 26, Scott rated it liked it Jun 01, Shaun Munro rated it really liked it Aug 22, Swenson rated it it was ok Nov 30, Bryanna rated it really liked it Oct 22, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

About Roy Chapman Andrews. Roy Chapman Andrews was an American explorer, adventurer and naturalist who became the director of the American Museum of Natural History. He is primarily known for leading a series of expeditions in China in the early 20th century into the Gobi Desert and Mongolia.

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The expeditions made important discoveries and brought the first-known fossil dinosaur eggs to the museum. His popular writings about Roy Chapman Andrews was an American explorer, adventurer and naturalist who became the director of the American Museum of Natural History. His popular writings about his adventures made him famous. A55 A33 Unknown.

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Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview. Publisher's Summary "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 s 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.

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Russell Books Ltd Condition: Blue Ribbon Books, Brown lettering on the spine and front cover. Cover is soiled with worn edges.


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Christmas gift sticker on the first white page. Endpapers are a map charting the lifetime of adventure of Roy Chapman Andrews. Dust jacket is protected in Brodart, is soiled, chipped along the edges, numerous closed tears and missing up to 1" at the tail of the spine.

Under A Lucky Star - A Lifetime Of Adventure

The inside of the dust jacket has a list of 'Check-list of Basic Books". A good copy of this relatively scarce autobiography of the discoverer of the dinosaur eggs.. Under A Lucky Star: Autobiography of Roy Chapman Andrews , the celebrated American naturalist who led four expeditions to Mongolia's Gobi Desert where he became the first in the world to discover dinosaur eggs.