From Botswana to the Bering Sea: My Thirty Years With National Geographic

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National Geographic has been called a window on the world and a passport to adventure. Each month an estimated forty million people in 190 countries open its pages and are transported to exotic realms that delight the eye and mind. Such widespread renown gives the magazine's writers an almost magical access to people and happenings, as doors that are closed to the rest of the journalistic world open wide.

Thomas Y. Canby was fortunate to be a NationalGeographic writer and science editor from 1961 to 1991, a time during which the Society's ventures and size grew by leaps and bounds and the resources available to staff were seemingly limitless. In From Botswana to the Bering Sea, he gives readers an on-the-ground look at the life of a National Geographic field staffer and an insider's view of the fascinating dynamics within the magazine's editorial chambers.

Canby's assignments dealt largely with issues of global concern, and his travels took him to the farthest reaches of the planet. This book gives the reader the visas and tickets to share in Canby's experiences -- from a Filipino rice harvest capped by a feast of deep-fried rats, to impoverished villages of Asia and Africa gripped by the world's most widespread famine, to seal hunting and dog sledding with Eskimos in the Canadian high Arctic. Readers match wits with paranoid guardians of the secret Soviet space program; skirt land mines in the flaming oil fields of Kuwait; and dodge death while scuba diving to an archaeological site in a Florida sinkhole. The book also gives insight into the magazine's inner workings: how article subjects are chosen; how writers are assigned and interact; how prolonged trips to impossibly remote destinations are planned; how staffers operate in the field.

Working for National Geographic has been called "the best job in the world." From Botswana to the Bering Sea describes that unique job, and answers from first-hand knowledge the question Canby and his colleagues are so often asked: "So, what is it like to work for National Geographic?"

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Now retired, Thomas Y. Canby lives with his wife Susan in Clarksville, Maryland. During his tenure at National Geographic, he won wide recognition for his articles, including the AAAS/Westinghouse award, as well as honors from the National Association of Science Writers, Western Writers of America, and others.

From Kirkus Reviews:

The life of a National Geographic staff writer``the choicest job in the known universe''and a disarming and especially frank look at intramural politics from one who considers himself ``totally a Geographic man.'' For 31 years Canby was a writer and a science editor at the magazine with the yellow border. His assignments are interesting enoughjourneys to Inuitland and to Kuwait while it burned, probings into El Nio and famine and rats, an ambivalent stint as a disaster journalist after the San Francisco earthquakebut he gloats a bit too often about his first-class travel arrangements and the wads of traveler's checks the society dispenses. Wending its way through the account of field days are Canby's insights into the daily affairs at the magazine: the unfolding of an article as it goes from idea to print, the strengths andweaknesses of editors and writers and the gods up there on the ninth floor, and a no-punches-pulled section on the firing of one editor who ran afoul of the governing board. In the end, Canby is still a company man, and in singing praise of the magazine he can go over the top. His comment that the magazine's contributors are given ``liberty to write in [their] own style,'' defies credibility: the magazine has one of the clearest and most identifiable editorial voices going. Still, Canby's field exploits make for enjoyable reading, and his detailing of the society's inner workings and turmoils will keep readers turning the pages. (photos and maps, not seen) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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