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Under a Lucky Star

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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 1920s 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 fiv ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published December 2nd 2008 by Borderland Books (first published 1943)
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Leah K
Mar 13, 2013 Leah K rated it liked it
Under a Lucky Star by Roy Chapman Andrews


Roy Chapman Andrews was an early 20th century explorer and adventurer who would eventually become director of the American Museum of Natural History. In his adventures he would discover new dinosaur species and was one of the first to discover fossilized dinosaur eggs. Many believe he is the inspiration for Indiana Jones and I can see that being the case. He wrote many books about his adventures through China and the Gobi desert. This book, Under a Lu
Feb 19, 2017 Emg rated it really liked it
Since it was written seventy years ago, the science and attitudes have changed significantly but the joy and excitement that Chapman brought to his work is evident (and engaging).
Jan 25, 2017 Laura rated it really liked it
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Overall I really enjoyed this book. It really delivers on the “adventure” – following his journey from boyhood in Wisconsin to New York City, where he worked toward his dream of becoming an explorer for the American Museum of Natural History. Then it was onto whaling ships in the Arctic and Japan, surviving like Robinson Crusoe on an uninhabited island, exploring untouched jungles and mountains of Korea, tiger hunts, hobnobbing with Wall Street elites, his world
Oct 17, 2014 Ivan rated it really liked it
Not only a lucky star, but a flexible mind, a well-oiled tongue and a reasonably egoistic mindset. Alone, it's a biobraphy of an adventure of the time of the Great Game, a real-life Indiana Jones, together with other biographical notes and the literature on life in the colonies it's an invaluable insight into the functioning of the financial and research world of yesteryear colonialism and a precious image of the practicality of cognitive dissonance in a person, who by his functions and passion ...more
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Apr 08, 2014 Pop Bop rated it really liked it
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THE Real Indiana Jones

Andrews was the real deal; exactly the kind of over-the-top scientist/adventurer you would expect him to be as the true life inspiration for Indiana Jones.

But while that's all terribly romantic and gripping, you wonder how well he does as a writer, especially when telling his own life story. Well that's one of the best parts. The book is a complete hoot. Andrews is humble, except when he isn't. He's restrained, except when he's not. He is modest about his actual life detail
Sep 11, 2010 Susan rated it liked it
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"Always there has been an adventure just around the corner--and the world is still full of corners!" This is the autobiography of an explorer, naturalist, museum director and author, full of observations, stories and anecdotes, particularly about his adventures in Peking and the Gobi Desert and life in New York City at the Natural History Museum. Since I loved his books as a young girl, it was interesting to get an adult view of the author.
Dec 15, 2009 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.
Henry Watts
Aug 12, 2013 Henry Watts rated it really liked it
Dudes a bit of a racist but hey they made a few movies about this guy, and THERE CALLED INDIANA JONES! 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.
Alex Curry
Nov 25, 2014 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.
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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. The expeditions made important discoveries and brought the first-known fossil dinosaur eggs to the museum. His popular writings about ...more
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