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Dinosaurs in the Attic: An Excursion into the American Museum of Natural History Paperback – November 15, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reissue edition (November 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312104561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312104566
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

New York's American Museum of Natural History, one of the outstanding science museums in the world, contains an extraordinary collection of objects: dinosaur skeletons, human mummies, tiny beetles, birds of paradise, and massive totem poles. Only a tiny fraction of the millions of catalogued specimens is on public view, and Douglas, with a series of judicious choices, takes us on a tour of the great labyrinth of storerooms and vaults that houses the bulk of the collection. Of equal interest are the people who built up and continue to maintain this extraordinary collection. This is a delightful book filled with fascinating stories, anecdotes, and personalities. Highly recommended. Walter P. Coombs, Jr., Biology Dept., Western New Engalnd Coll., Springfield, Mass.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A rare treat...utterly wonderful to museum buffs." --Publishers Weekly

"Conveys the feeling of excitement and unflagging curiosity of those working behind the scenes to add to mankind's knowledge of the natural world." --Lorin Nevling, Jr., Director Emeritus, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago

"Dinosaurs in the Attic is not just chronicle, or even history-it is literature, and a damn good read!" --Charles R. Crumly, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

"The raucous and heroic history of one of America's best-loved museums...a beguiling book." --Chicago Tribune

"Preston writes...with breezy wit and insight." --Boston Globe

"A delightful book filled with fascinating stories, anecdotes, and personalities." --Library Journal

More About the Author

Douglas Preston, who worked for several years in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, is the author of the acclaimed nonfiction works Dinosaurs in the Attic and Cities of Gold, and the novel, Jennie. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Customer Reviews

A very good read, well written and informative.
Tom T
This is most interesting...the beginning of and additions to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, one of the greatest museums in the world.
R. Chome
This is the first non-fiction book I have read written by Douglas Preston.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A.D. Georgsson on October 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
More than a book about a museum, Dinosaurs in the Attic is a survey of the last two centuries' at times predatory and rapacious drive to collect. I read this book years ago, and am still recommending it to people as one of the most interesting and enjoyable books I've ever read. The story telling is marvelous and the insights about the museum fascinating.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By K. L Sadler VINE VOICE on September 29, 2003
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You wouldn't think of museums as providing the stuff for comedians, but I can see not enough people know about what actually goes on in these collosal monuments to human curiosity!
I came to this book by way of mystery writers (Preston and Child--Relic and Fairchild---The Bone Vault). So thanks guys for recommending this nonfiction read! Almost as quickly read as my mysteries.
The need for so many people to collect items, animals and even humans (would someone please stomp on Admiral Peary's grave for a while)! Geez. You wouldn't think people would be so obtuse as to not realize that living, breathing human beings do not belong in museums as specimens of a tribe or culture we do not know. But obviously the wealthy who often did the collecting, or those 'explorers' who put fame and glory above compassion had a problem with understanding basic human rights. And yes, if tribes ask for their ancestors back, the bones should be returned and buried. How would we all feel if someone went and dug up our grandparents and put their skeletons on display without concern for our need to respect them? You don't see museum guys going to dig up white American or English cemetary plots, do you?
Okay, off the soapbox. A fun read, well-written, well-researched. Preston went on to write several books using the museums as a somewhat creepy place, and frankly after reading this and other books, I don't think I'd want to be locked in the American Museum of Natural History. Pretty sure I'd freak out...too much past with too many ghosts attached to it. Besides, this place sounds like a mausoleum.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 2000
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Until I read this history of the American Museum of Natural History and the stories of its great collections, I had little desire to visit NYC. While I thought "Relic" (the book AND the film) was a piece of junk, this book definitely made me travel to New York JUST to see the items described in this book. This was the first account I read of the tales of rival dinosaur hunters Marsh and Cope (now there is a film story). The hundreds of anecdotes such as the bone stripping beetles made it a fascinating read. I recommend it to anyone interested in the story of the finest collection of natural history artifacts on earth.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bartels on July 21, 2007
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The book is filled with all the unheard stories of the founding, and running of the museum. Also tales about the explorers, collectors, thieves and hunters that made this museum what is today. It holds all their dirty little secrets, their untold exploits, their skeletons in the closets. It is a completely entertaining and enlightening book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By World Traveller on September 9, 2012
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Dinosaurs in the Attic is a delightful, informative book containing wonderful stories about the people, animals, and fossils in the American Museum of Natural History. The book offers accounts ranging from overseas expeditions sponsored by the museum to how the bones of P. T. Barnum's Jumbo the Elephant came into the museum's possession. This is a great book diminished only by the many, many typographical errors that pepper almost every page. It's a shame that the publishers didn't invest a few more hours in editing the text. Other than that, this is a very entertaining book written by Douglas Preston who once worked at the AMNH and went on to co-author the Pendergast series of novels with Lincoln Child.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sharon S on August 28, 2009
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This book is an extraordinary look behind the scenes at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. The first half looks at the development of the museum and the explorers who returned with materials from various expeditions. The second half looks at the collections and the stories of how the collections were put together. Readers who are interested in museum collections and early 20th century explorers will want to read this book. There are some wonderful photos of the early buildings, assembly of dinosaurs and mounting of other specimens. Douglas Preston is known for taking a real life incident and turning it into great fiction. This book takes real life and makes it read like fiction!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edward B. Hanna on November 4, 2006
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This is a classic. Anyone who has ever visited the AMNH or plans to will want to read this book. It's a gem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim K. in Minnesota on May 26, 2013
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An extremely interesting book, by an author whose previous books I have read were all fiction. I started it the day I received it, and finished it the next day.
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