New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1987. Presumed De Luxe version of First Edition, First printing. Leather bound. The format is approximately 9.25 inches by 11.75 inches. 484 pages. Decorative endpapers, Profusely illustrated (many color photographs). Bibliography. Index. Leather or leatherlike binding. No dust jacket present. Cover has minor corner rubbing, wear and soiling. Courtlandt Dixon Barnes Bryan (April 22, 1936 – December 15, 2009), better known as C. D. B. Bryan, was an American author and journalist. Bryan earned a Bachelor of Arts at Yale University in 1958. He served in the U.S. Army in South Korea (1958–1960). He was mobilized again (1961–1962) for the Berlin Crisis of 1961. He was an intelligence officer. Bryan sold his first short story to The New Yorker in 1961. His first novel, P. S. Wilkinson, won the Harper Prize in 1965. Bryan is best known for his non-fiction book Friendly Fire (1976). It began as an idea he sold to William Shawn for an article in The New Yorker, then grew into a series of articles, and then a book. It describes an Iowa farm family, Gene and Peg Mullen, and their reaction and change of heart after their son's accidental death by friendly fire in the Vietnam War. One of the real-life characters featured in the book was future Operation Desert Storm commander H. Norman Schwarzkopf. It was made into an Emmy-winning 1979 television movie of the same name, for which he shared a Peabody Award. It's also been cited in professional military studies. For more than 100 years, the National Geographic Society has been bringing to a worldwide audience thrilling true stories of adventure, discovery, and natural wonders. In this celebratory volume, bursting with stunning photography and dramatic accounts, award-winning author C.D.B. Bryan brings to life the Society's formidable legacy. The National Geographic Society (NGS), headquartered in Washington, D.C., United States, is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations in the world. Founded in 1888, its interests include geography, archaeology, and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation, and the study of world culture and history. The National Geographic Society's logo is a yellow portrait frame—rectangular in shape—which appears on the margins surrounding the front covers of its magazines and as its television channel logo. The National Geographic Society began as a club for an elite group of academics and wealthy patrons interested in travel and exploration. On January 13, 1888, 33 explorers and scientists gathered at the Cosmos Club, a private club then located on Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., to organize "a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge." After preparing a constitution and a plan of organization, the National Geographic Society was incorporated two weeks later on January 27. Gardiner Greene Hubbard (co-founder of AT&T) became its first president and his son-in-law, Alexander Graham Bell (also co-founder of AT&T), succeeded him in 1897. In 1899, Bell's son-in-law Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor was named the first full-time editor of National Geographic magazine and served the organization for fifty-five years (until 1954), and members of the Grosvenor family have played important roles in the organization since. Bell and Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor devised the successful marketing notion of Society membership and the first major use of photographs to tell stories in magazines. Gilbert Melville Grosvenor, a former chairman, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 for his leadership in geography education. In 2004, the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., was one of the first buildings to receive a "Green" certification from Global Green USA. Condition: Very good.
Keywords: Explorers, Photography, Archaeology, Expeditions, Conservation, Autochrome, Alexander Graham Bell, Richard Byrd, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Franklin Fisher, Gilbert Grosvenor, Melville Bell Grosvenor, John La Gorce, Frederick Vosburgh