By Charles Gallenkamp

Roy Chapman Andrews led ''the such a lot celebrated fossil-hunting excursion of the 20th century,'' wrote big apple instances technological know-how author John Noble Wilford. Financed by way of Morgan, Rockefeller ,and a bunch of different Wall road titans, the relevant Asiatic Expeditions (1922-1930) comprised the main bold medical enterprise ever introduced from the us as much as that point. lower than the auspices of recent York's American Museum of typical background, Andrews carried out 5 expeditions to the final unchartered nook of the realm: the Gobi wilderness of Outer and internal Mongolia. In Dragon Hunter , Charles Gallenkamp vividly recounts those large discoveries and the unforgettable adventures that attended them. packed with outstanding stories of Andrews and his staff braving raging sandstorms and murderous bandits, enduring political intrigue and civil wars, and reveling within the interesting international of Peking's international colony, Dragon Hunter additionally lines the non secular controversy over evolution and the anti-imperialist conflicts among the U.S. and China that have been sparked by way of Andrews's expeditions. Gallenkamp tells Andrews's fabulous existence tale, from his beginnings as a flooring sweeper on the American Museum of normal background to his overseas reputation as one of many century's so much acclaimed explorers. the result's an exciting page-turner-an epic look for dinosaurs and extinct mammals cloaked in a sweeping ancient narrative.

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Once his supply of shotgun shells ran out, Andrews—resourceful as always—instructed the boys to weave a net of palm fiber in which they caught pigeons and fish. With the addition of salt from evaporated seawater, they managed to eat a nourishing diet, despite the Filipinos' frantic concern that they would surely starve to death. When the steamer finally arrived after being delayed in port for two weeks with a broken propeller, its distraught captain, expecting to find the three beachcombers emaciated if not dead, discovered them feasting on pigeons stewed with palm roots and served in coconut shells.

After eight weeks, Bumpus was sufficiently impressed with Andrews' work to give him a $5-a-month raise. The director was quick to recognize that his energetic protege—now a handsome young man slightly over six feet tall, with intense blue eyes, and prematurely thinning hair—was articulate and personable. He was equally aware that Andrews possessed great charm and formidable powers of persuasion. Along with the increased salary, Bumpus showed his approval in other ways. He allowed Andrews to assist with planning new exhibits, and asked him to conduct important visitors on tours of the building.

Each time he visited Number Nine, he took her gifts and they talked for hours about politics, mutual acquaintances, the latest intrigues, or his own adventures. "I not only liked but respected her," Andrews wrote. "But there was an aloofness and inscrutability about h e r . . " Only once did lie inquire into her past, but she revealed nothing except her age, the fact that she was born at Number Nine, and had never been married or taken a lover. Reboarding the Aki Maru, Andrews proceeded to Shanghai, which he hated at first sight.

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