Dinosaurs in the Attic

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Dinosaurs in the Attic

An Excursion Into the American Museum of Natural History

By Douglas J. Preston; Preston

St. Martin's Griffin, Paperback, 9780312104566, 256pp.

Publication Date: November 15, 1993


"Dinosaurs in the Attic "is a chronicle of the expeditions, discoveries, and scientists behind the greatest natural history collection every assembled. Written by former "Natural History "columnist Douglas Preston, who worked at the American Museum of Natural History for seven years, this is a celebration of the best-known and best-loved museum in the United States.

About the Author
Douglas Preston is the co-author with Lincoln Child of the celebrated Pendergast series of novels, including such best-selling titles as "Fever Dream", "The Book of the Dead", "The Wheel of Darkness", and "Relic", which became a number one box office hit movie. His solo novels include the "New York Times" bestsellers "Impact", "Blasphemy", "The Codex", and "Tyrannosaur Canyon". His most recent nonfiction book, "The Monster of Florence", is being made into a film starring George Clooney. Preston is an expert long-distance horseman, a member of the elite Long Riders Guild, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has travelled to remote parts of the world as an archaeological correspondent for "The New Yorker". He also worked as an editor and writer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and taught nonfiction writing at Princeton University. Preston is the Co-president of International Thriller Writers, and serves on the Governing Council of the Authors Guild.

Diana Preston is an Oxford-trained historian, writer and broadcaster who lives in London. She is the author of, among other works, The Road to Culloden Moor: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the '45 Rebellion, and A First Rate Tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole.

Praise For Dinosaurs in the Attic

"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