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Under a Lucky Star by Roy Chapman Andrews

★★★ ½

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 Lucky Star is his autobiography on his life and explorations. Published in 1943 and out of print for many decades, it was recently put back into circulation with the blessing of Mr. Andrews’ family.

There is no doubt that this man lived an interesting life. He traveled and discovered many things – one of the last to be able to travel through the unknown and even he knew it. He traveled in a time of huge changes through WWI and WWII. There is a lot of fascinating parts in this book. The only reason this book didn’t get a higher rating from me is he sometimes went on tangents which made me go “what does that have to do with anything?!” and his political rants became a bit much for me (but remember, he was writing this right in the midst of WWII and shortly after Pearl Harbor – he wasn’t the only one with less than fond thoughts).
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  UberButter | Feb 9, 2016 |
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