American Daredevil: The Extraordinary Life of Richard Halliburton, the World's First Celebrity Travel Writer

  • Title: American Daredevil: The Extraordinary Life of Richard Halliburton, the World's First Celebrity Travel Writer
  • Author: Cathryn J. Prince
  • ISBN: 9781613731598
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Hardcover
  • American Daredevil The Extraordinary Life of Richard Halliburton the World s First Celebrity Travel Writer With a polished walking stick and neatly pressed trousers Richard Halliburton served as an intrepid globetrotting guide for millions of Americans in the s and s Readers waited with bated breath
    With a polished walking stick and neatly pressed trousers, Richard Halliburton served as an intrepid globetrotting guide for millions of Americans in the 1920s and 30s Readers waited with bated breath for each new article and book he wrote During his career, Halliburton climbed the Matterhorn, nearly fell out of his plane while shooting the first aerial photographs of MWith a polished walking stick and neatly pressed trousers, Richard Halliburton served as an intrepid globetrotting guide for millions of Americans in the 1920s and 30s Readers waited with bated breath for each new article and book he wrote During his career, Halliburton climbed the Matterhorn, nearly fell out of his plane while shooting the first aerial photographs of Mt Everest, and became the first person to swim the Panama Canal With his matinee idol looks, the Tennessee native was a media darling in an era of optimism and increased social openness But as the Great Depression and looming war pushed America toward social conservatism, Halliburton actively worked to hide his homosexuality, burnishing his image as a masculine trailblazer As chronicled in American Daredevil, Halliburton harnessed the media of his day to gain and maintain a widespread following long before our age of the 24 hour news cycle, and thus became the first celebrity adventure journalist And during the darkest hours of the Great Depression, Halliburton did something remarkable he inspired generations of authors, journalists, and everyday people who dreamt of fame and glory to explore the world.

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    1. More than 75 years ago, Richard Halliburton set sail in a Chinese junk, “The Sea Dragon,” hoping to arrive in time for the San Francisco Golden Gate International Expo. Instead, he vanished without a trace when his craft sank in March 1939.Halliburton had been a household name since 1930, known for his bestselling books published by Bobbs-Merrill. The first biography written about this nearly forgotten celebrity in American history has recently been published (June 1, Chicago Review Press). [...]

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    2. Cathryn Prince's latest book, American Daredevil: The Extraordinary Life of Richard Halliburton, the World's First Celebrity Travel Writer, delivers a tale that is exhilarating, enlightening, and flat out entertaining. The story of adventurer and journalist Richard Halliburton is told brilliantly thanks to Prince's prose and thorough research that pulls from thousands of letters Halliburton exchanged with his family and friends, as well as other sources. Prince was able to synthesize the materia [...]

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    3. A lightweight biography of adventurer Richard Halliburton, who captivated American audiences with his feats of derring-do, including swimming the length of the Panama Canal, flying planes across the Middle East, and getting arrested as a spy at Gibraltar. A few months after the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, Halliburton vanished in the Pacific while trying to sail a junk from Hong Kong to California. As with Earhart, his disappearance continues to intrigue conspiracy theorists. Although the re [...]

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    4. I won a copy of this book in a giveaway.This book is an enjoyable story of a fascinating man. Recently I had a passage through the Panama Canal and was told the story of Richard Halliburton's swim. That interested me so much that I was excited to see this biography. As it turned out, there was so much more that he had done! It was incredible that one man (and a small, slight one at that) could accomplish all the feats he did. One wonders what else he might have done if he had lived longer. This [...]

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    5. I found Cathryn Prince's American Daredevil: The Extraordinary Life of Richard Halliburton, the World's First Celebrity Travel Writer to be an exciting, entertaining and educational read. Richard Halliburton lived an amazing life full of truly unbelievable, non-stop adventures. The book is so full of facts, history and information that I marked several pages where I want to go back and read more. I enjoy books where I learn something and this book didn’t disappoint. Prince’s book has piqued [...]

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    6. Whether Richard Halliburton was taking midnight swims in the pools of the Taj Mahal, sliding down the rugged face of the Matterhorn, braving the alligators beside him in the Panama Canal or writing about these adventures in an attic garret of his parents' Memphis home, he dreamt big. He was determined to do the impossible--make a living from his risky adventures. And he did, by speaking publicly to crowds curious and envious, and eventually landing publishing deals that lead him to his devoted a [...]

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    7. This book was a delightful, escapist salve to all that's going on in the world right now. For a few days, the author transported me back in time to an era of glitz, glamour, wild adventure, and exotic locations. Today, countless travel photos and essays are immediately available via a web search. It doesn't seem there are any "unexplored" areas left. But, ninety years ago, when the only option the average American had was to travel vicariously through someone else, Richard Halliburton was an ext [...]

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    8. Once upon a time, before there were hordes of backpackers clutching Lonely Planet guidebooks almost everywhere in the world, explorers and adventurers were the few who traveled. Some wrote about their exploits, which gave the masses a look at the world outside their own. Cathryn Prince, in her engaging, beautifully written and well-researched biography of Richard Halliburton, introduces her readers one of the 1920s and 1930s leading travel writers, one the public loved and many critics hated. (H [...]

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    9. Born slightly too late for WWI and the literary cynicism of the Lost Generation, Richard Halliburton took his 1920s wanderlust and applied it to popular travel writing and lecturing, gaining a huge following (especially among women) and consciously building a "brand" with cross-promotions, media stunts and (in a particularly ill-advised swim across the Hellespont), faking his own death. At the same time he was carefully constructing a persona (one which included disappointing exotic foreign wome [...]

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    10. American Daredevil, by Cathryn J. Prince , is an amazing book, with a wonderful insight into the life of Richard Haliburton.Richard traveled the world and performed daring stunts that astonished people, and accomplished daring acts that would never be allowed in this day and age.I found the book thought provoking,exciting and also unbelievably sad, that his last adventure ended so tragically.I won this book through . Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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    11. A valiant attempt by the author to stem Halliburton's fading glory, giving us a glimpse behind his swashbuckling veneer at his demons and his misfortune. At times, the chronicling got repetitive, but then again, life's like that, even for celebrities. Thank you First Reads for my free copy.

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    12. Richard Halliburton, hailed as the World's First Celebrity Travel Writer, was so much more than than just a writer. He was filled with a ferocious urge towards adventure, often dangerous adventure throughout his life. He came up with wild travel plans that would challenge him physically and financially, primarily because he felt his life force ebbing if he stayed in one place for too long. He couldn't ,and wouldn't settle for a comfortable stable life, even when he had a new home built to specif [...]

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    13. Richard Halliburton is now an obscure adventure and travel writer, active between the world wars, from the early 1920's to 1939. In 1939when he disappeared while attempting to crossing the Pacific Ocean in a very un-seaworthy custom Chinese junk on his way to the 1939 San Francisco World's Fair. Halliburton was very famous for his times and was huge on the lecture circuit.For various reasons, his fame faded away while other contemporaries, like Amelia Earhart, who also disappeared, still remain [...]

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    14. I won this book from .I had never heard of Richard Halliburton and found this a fascinating read. This young American adventurer traveled the world and wrote about it in the 1920's and 30's before the age of instant communications. He influenced the lives of so many and opened their eyes to the wonders of the world. There was obviously an incredible amount of research involved in this story and I especially found the ending so compelling because the author didn't just end with his untimely death [...]

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    15. Extremely well research. Extensive detail. Easy to read with very good writing, but I agree a bit "flowery" in parts. The book does bring Halliburton to life. It's amazing to me all that Richard Halliburton accomplished in his short lifetime at that period of history. Quite a feat.The book introduced me new characters and events in history. Definitely recommend to those who want to read about interesting characters in history.

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    16. I received this book from Giveaway Program.I could not finish this book. I'll try again at a later time to pick it up again but I just can't stay interested. I do respect all Richard Halliburton accomplished throughout his life, especially considering the time period, each chapter seems to be written the same. The research is definitely extensive but I have to agree the writing is flowery.

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    17. Such a great opportunity missed! On the one hand this is a good, solid biography about the writer who introduced me to Victoria Falls, Petra and other exotic place. On the other, it's not as engaging as Halliburton's writing and no examples are included. Snippets of letters, yes. Examples from his books, no. Sad face.

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    18. An interesting story about someone that I had never heard of who took lots of risks that usually panned out pretty much ensuring a sense of immortality until he took a risk that didn't. The book looked pretty cool with photos but I didn't like the writing much at all.

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    19. I like travel books so this one was fascinating to the hilt he had a life to the max traveled all over the world . Flew airplanes sailed boats clmbed mountains liked reading this

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