On Assignment With National Geographic

The Inside Story of Legendary Explorers, Photographers, and Adventurers

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About The Book

Join National Geographic archaeologists and adventurers, explorers and scientists on this thrilling jaunt through more than 125 years of research, discovery, and unforgettable photojournalism. Featuring behind-the-scenes tales and show-stopping imagery, this book captures the heart of the Society's fascinating history, from its earliest days as a scientific club to its growth into one of the world's largest geographic organizations. It's well known that National Geographic has been to the top of Mount Everest and reached the depths of the Mariana Trench, but did you know that: A 1957 National Geographic article inspired the creator of the pink plastic lawn flamingo? A National Geographic writer on assignment found the source of the Amazon River? The world-famous photo of our green-eyed Afghan girl almost never happened?

About The Author

Mark Jenkins, former chief historian of the National Geographic Society's archives, has in all likelihood read every single article ever published in the magazine. He is the author of Worlds to Explore: Classic Tales of Travel and Adventure from National Geographic, High Adventure, an illustrated history of the National Geographic Society, and The Book of Marvels.

Product Details
  • Publisher: National Geographic (December 2008)
  • Length: 136 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781426210136

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