The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy

The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy

In 2012, a New York auction catalogue boasted an unusual offering: "a superb Tyrannosaurus skeleton." In fact, Lot 49135 consisted of a nearly complete T. bataar, a close cousin to the most famous animal that ever lived. The fossils now on display in a Manhattan event space had been unearthed in Mongolia, more than 6,000 miles away. At eight-feet high and 24 feet long, the In 2012, a New York auction catalogue boasted an unusual offering: "a superb Tyrannosaurus skeleton." In fact, Lot 49135 ...

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Title:The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy
Author:Paige Williams
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The Dinosaur Artist
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:432 pages pages

The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy Reviews

  • Kelly
    Nov 22, 2018
    At times, the history of both fossil trade and Mongolia get a little overwhelming to the otherwise immersive narrative, but a really fascinating book about commercial fossil hunting and selling. Like THE FEATHER THIEF, but with dinosaur fossils. It's a bloodless crime, and it's a reall...
  • Linda
    Nov 23, 2018
    Eric Prokopis is no doubt obsessed as much as any old prospector in the desert with his mule looking for the Lost Dutchman mine or other rich vein of gold. Now just in his mid-40s with two young children, Eric started his wealth in fossils in his home state of Florida, with rich deposi...
  • Michael
    Oct 11, 2018
    The Dinosaur Artist is a nice work about, broadly, paleontology, dinosaur paleontology more specifically. It concentrates on the story of Eric Prokopi and the illicit trade in Mongolian dinosaur fossils. For me, the best part of the narrative was the section on Molly (Mary) Anning an...
  • Bob Milne
    Sep 25, 2018
    The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy wasn't quite the book I expected, but Paige Williams weaves an interesting exposť of the legal quagmire that is fossil collecting. As a dinosaur fanatic and amateur fossil hunter, I was fascinated -...
  • Elizabeth
    Jun 07, 2018
    The world of fossil collecting is far more competitive and far less legal than I ever thought. Paige William?s new novel follows eponymous title artist Eric Prokopi from his humble Florida beginnings through to smuggling fossils out of Mongolia and attempting to sell them in New Y...
  • Erin Duerr
    Sep 11, 2018
    Great read for anyone interested in the science of paleontology, the business of fossils or is just looking for an entertaining narrative true story with a bit of intrigue. ...
  • Scribe Publications
    Jun 28, 2018
    The Dinosaur Artist is a tale that has everything: passion, science, politics, intrigue, and, of course, dinosaurs. Paige Williams is a wonderful storyteller. Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer-Prize-Winning Author of The Sixth Extinction What a terrific book. A fascinating story ...
  • Melise
    Jun 09, 2018
    I received an advanced reading copy courtesy of Hachette and NetGalley. Thanks! This was a great read. The story of a man who was prosecuted for illegally selling a dinosaur skeleton that originated in Mongolia, Williams does a great job of explaining the history of paleontology and...
  • Paul
    Aug 11, 2018
    The Dinosaur Hunter starts with controversy then maps the geography of the fossil landscape, from hunters to politics to jealousies and poachers. Williams covers the history of paleontology as well that of natural history museums. There?s even some celebrity sighting: a Cage/ DiCapri...
  • Peter Tillman
    Oct 20, 2018
    Closing out as DNF, as my library copy is coming due. I enjoyed her 2014 New Yorker article, which was the start of the book: https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals..., but the emboideries on that didn't add that much for me. I did enjoy her story of amateur fossil-digger Frank Garcia's...
  • Katie
    Sep 04, 2018
    As the aunt of 6 year old ?future paleontologist?, I have learned a good deal about dinosaurs and fossils in the last couple years. I have been looking forward all summer to reading The Dinosaur Artist, a well-researched narrative journalistic book about the controversy surrounding...
  • Matthew Budman
    Jun 14, 2018
    Williams is a marvelous writer of paragraphs, and even of chapters: She beautifully captures scenes and characters and issues and history, and her prose sparkles. Nearly any reader will be fascinated by the issues that The Dinosaur Artist raises. And yet the book doesn't quite hold tog...
  • Adam Rosenbaum
    Nov 04, 2018
    I like dinosaurs, everyone likes dinosaurs. In this investigative tale, I learned about the murky world of the fossil business. The story revolves around Eric Prokapi, a boyish, energetic Floridian who finds, "preps" and sells fossils. Life is good...until he tries to sell T. Battaar a...
  • Lizz DiCesare
    Jun 12, 2018
    Anyone who knows me even a little bit knows that I love dinosaurs, so when I received a copy of The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy, by Paige Williams, I was ecstatic. This book contained so many things that I like: dinosaurs, journalism, ...
  • Brynn
    Nov 17, 2018
    Lags sliiightly when it goes in-depth into the history of Mongolian politics but overall a fascinating and wildly entertaining read. ...
  • Juan Carlos
    Dec 09, 2018
    If you were a kid once you probably loved dinosaurs as I did, giant monsters that lived millions of years ago. This book narrates several characters that seem straight out of an Indiana Jones movies, a war between paleontologists and amateur hunters looking for fossils to reveal the hi...
  • Shanti
    Oct 19, 2018
    I just finished listening to this as an audiobook, and it was a very fast audiobook for me. But I listened to it at high speed because it was going to expire and I also hated the narrator, who sort of sounds like a robot. The thing is, the content of the book is fascinating. Williams i...
  • Jamie Canaves
    Nov 02, 2018
    Another Great Nonviolent True Crime I keep accidentally calling this book the ?dinosaur hunter? because in a way it feels that way. People go hunting for dinosaur bones, unearth them, put them together and sell them. The problem is, who do the dinosaur bones really belong to? The...
  • Marie
    May 31, 2018
    When I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. I have always been fascinated with dinosaurs. This is a story of Eric Prokopi who was a fossil hunter and dealer. He started looking for fossils when he was just a kid, As he got older, he found there was big money to be made selling all m...
  • Breanne Winkle
    Sep 16, 2018
    I requested The Dinosaur Artist because I was that kid that watched Jurassic Park repeatedly and told my first grade teacher that I wanted to be a singer and a paleontologist. There was not a doubt in my mind that I was going to love this book. Unfortunately, it fell a bit flat for me....
  • Nick Cincotta
    Sep 16, 2018
    Absolutely riveting.... as I read it I became more fascinated with the personalities of the paleontologist Williams profiles. There are parts that made my jaw drop such as reading about Mark Norrell?s desk, it belonged to Barnum Brown, now that is just awesome. I couldn?t put it do...
  • Virginia Van
    Nov 27, 2018
    Journalist Paige Williams acts like a paleontologist herself, digging through the layers of the 2012 auction sale in New York of a nearly complete T. bataar, a close cousin to T. Rex. Coming from Mongolia the 8 foot high and 24 feet long, the specimen was spectacular and sold for $1 mi...
  • M.
    Aug 14, 2018
    What an interesting story! ...
  • Eloise Newman
    Sep 09, 2018
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book on #paleodrama of T. Bataar and Mongolian dinosaurs. This book manages to tell a gripping real story as well as provide a solid layman?s history to the paleontologists behind it. Having just come back from a trip to Mongolia and UB I visited the Din...
  • Jo
    Oct 31, 2018
    3.5 Stars. I read very little non-fiction, but the combination of ingredients in this synopsis drew me in, particularly the many eccentric characters it would involve. The Dinosaur Artist in paperback is a daunting item in itself ? 410 pages of what is by recent publishing norms...
  • D
    Nov 18, 2018
    I wanted to like this book. I loved reading about Mary Anning. I hate-loved reading about the remorseless Prokopis and their victim mentality--"Eric stole dinosaurs from Mongolia knowing it was illegal only because he was trying to support our family (lifestyle of multiple houses and c...
  • Toni Olson
    Aug 24, 2018
    What a fantastic and intriguing book! One of the best reads for fall 2018! ...
  • Erin
    Sep 11, 2018
    Did you have a dinosaur phase? If you?ve ever stared at a giant dino skeleton in a museum (or uh, watched Jurassic Park) and had your imagination piqued, think about cracking open THE DINOSAUR ARTIST by Paige Williams, out today from Hachette Books. In telling the story of a singl...
  • Greg Richardson
    Sep 25, 2018
    This book is a true tragedy. There's an awesome story to be told and, eventually, that story is told. There's just way too much extraneous information included in this book to make it worth recommending. To say that it moves slowly is to say that dinosaurs lived a long time ago. Jus...
  • Leew49
    Nov 03, 2018
    Not all fossils are collected by paleontologists, and many do not find their way into museums. Private collectors (Nicolas Cage and Leonardo DiCaprio among them) will pay generously for good specimens, and fossil hunting by private citizens is practiced both as a hobby and for profit. ...