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

  • John Devlin
    Feb 15, 2019
    So this is a monograph like quite a few others. A long form article becomes a book. To pad the work they add background,a lot of background. Background on the players, background on dinosaurs, fossils and natural history. But that?s okay with me. This tale is sad. The poor guy...
  • Rebecca
    Dec 23, 2018
    A thoroughly researched book that unearths (minutely) the story behind the 2012 case that saw a fossil Tarbosaurus bataar skeleton land in the middle of an international dispute between Mongolia and the American "commercial paleontology" community. Williams does an incredible job of do...
  • 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...
  • John
    Dec 31, 2018
    Admittedly, Williams pads her expose on the legal case of Eric Prokopi - intrepid dinosaur importer - with long sections detailing Mongolian history, descriptions of the Gobi, and chapters on other amateur dinosaur fossil hunters. At its core, Prokopi cuts a strange character. He i...
  • Linda
    Feb 24, 2019
    The story could have been more concise. I was long ready for this book to end by the time I did finish it. Part of the issue was the mispronunciations of the narrator. I have never heard Genghis said Jeng-us (and the book used this word A LOT). But the kiss of death came when the narra...
  • 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 -...
  • 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 ...
  • Sarah
    Jan 02, 2019
    An enjoyable audiobook. I'll admit I fell asleep a few times, but I found the story interesting. ...
  • Cedricsmom
    Jan 14, 2019
    What a great book. I took off one star because there are no visuals, and dinosaurs are meant to be seen. I highly recommend the Dinosaur Artist, especially if you need a crash course in paleontology. Paige Williams has thrown in everything including the kitchen sink with Floridian Eric...
  • Barryblumberg
    Jan 03, 2019
    Interesting story, well drawn characters with a lots of geopolitics. ...
  • 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...
  • 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, ...
  • Jennie
    Mar 17, 2019
    I really loved this and was engrossed the whole way through. The backbone of the book is one Tarbosaurus skeleton of dubious origins, put up for auction and then seized by the United States government through civil forfeiture until its origins could be verified. Along the way we get to...
  • 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...
  • David Lubin
    Mar 17, 2019
    Paleontology is an interesting science about which I knew very little. By the conclusion of this book, I know quite a bit. The story of Eric Prokopi is a sad tale. Fossils have such little value until they are found, touched up, and then placed on frames to display them. Prokopi was go...
  • Cade
    Feb 22, 2019
    I can't recall the last time I disliked a non-fiction book so much. This book took an only mildly interesting incident and tried to stretch it into a book. The content of this book has many echoes of the perhaps more popular Tyrannosaurus Sue: The Extraordinary Saga of the Largest, Mos...
  • Anna
    Jan 08, 2019
    First of all, The Dinosaur Artist is clearly thoroughly researched. Unfortunately, Paige Williams simply wasn't able to take all that research and make a cohesive storyline out of it. She tries to pull in too many unrelated stories, which ends up cluttering the plot. This is a st...
  • 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...
  • Tony G
    Apr 19, 2019
    I think that when the story stuck to the Prokopi's it moved along more briskly. It did get bogged down in detail and could have probably been cut by 50 pages. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • stephanie
    Apr 01, 2019
    You will never look at your local natural history museum the same again. The true story of a dinosaur heist. Science mixes with politics in this great adventure. Loved it! ...
  • 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...