Convinced for ideological as much as scientific reasons that humans originated not in Africa but in Asia, Andrews spent much of his time in the field seeking evidence of early man. That search would prove fruitless, for, as biographer Charles Gallenkamp notes, "nary a scrap of genuinely ancient human bone was ever retrieved by the Central Asian Expeditions." What Andrews and his colleagues did find, however, has propelled dozens of scientific missions ever since: huge caches of dinosaur bones at places such as Mongolia's Flaming Cliffs. These fossils helped demonstrate geological connections between Asia and North America, and they added dozens of new species to the paleontological record.
All the while, Andrews contended with bandits, corrupt officials, invading armies, disease, and other dangers. After finishing Gallenkamp's vigorous book, readers will understand why Andrews should have served as the model for the movie character Indiana Jones--who, if anything, pales by comparison to the real thing. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A great read on Roy Chapman Andrews, the real inspitation for the fictional character Indiana Jones, only Andrews was more interesting.Published 2 days ago by Larry Declue
This guy was s rock star in his day. My 96 year old aunt and my 92 year old mom both concur. The book is a straight ahead account of what it takes to be a true explorer.Published 4 days ago by Mark Anderson
Roy Chapman Andrews is regarded by many as an "unconscious" inspiration for Indiana Jones. He was an academic who felt trapped in his own museum, a man with a brash plan... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Karolinde Young
My nephew that is 10 years old (advanced reader) started reading this and he is enjoying this book.Published 6 months ago by Nicole L Riley
Lost my first book and was very happy to be able to purchase another just like it. This is a great book!Published 7 months ago by Patricia Close
Actually, Ford would love this book if he enjoyed playing Indiana Jones except Andrews did some real R-rated and X-rated stuff. Read morePublished 12 months ago by John Galt
I have a couple of Andrews books, and while they are good, his writing style is rather 'goody two shoes'. It seems geared for teen agers. Read morePublished 15 months ago by clarence ellis
We had originally heard of this book through a newspaper article and was happy to fknd it through amazon. Great read, both my son and I are reading it!Published 16 months ago by Henry's Mom
What a buy! Got it for my son and he had the unexpected good fortune to open it up and have $12 slide out that he thought we had tucked inside! Read morePublished 18 months ago by RM