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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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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.
“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
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My companion is training to be an explainer at the American Museum of Natural History, and this book is one that her instructor strongly suggests that all of the candidates read. That alone, is a strong recommendation to read this account of the many people who made this amazing collection.
It is not a formal history of the museum, but rather a number of little essays (stories Preston calls them) on various interesting moments in that history.
Some reviewers note many typos, but the currently available printing -- mine is number 13 -- have no such problems -- as a former proofreader I would notice.
An excursion, the perfect description of the pleasures here.
An excellent coffee table version of many of the same stories, and many more, with a great wealth of excellent photographs, is American Museum of Natural History: 125 Years of Expedition and Discovery. The museum has published many superb books, but none better than this one -- the highest possible praise I can offer people that love museums of all sorts.
Robert C. Ross
Dinosaurs in the Attic was fact filled, thought provoking, entertaining NONSTOP. This book is a treasure and I highly recommend it to everyone who enjoys a great tale of adventure and history. It was so entertaining, even though it is nonfiction, Preston made me want to read more and THEN(unfortunately) it was over. Wanted it to go on and on.
What a great friend Douglas Preston is to the museum - great book to read before going to American Museum of Natural History.