Best and Brightest of His Generation

Science  16 Jun 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5780, pp. 1601
DOI: 10.1126/science.1130690

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The Explorer King. Adventure, Science, and the Great Diamond Hoax--Clarence King in the Old West. By Robert Wilson. Scribner, New York, 2006. 317 pp. $26, C$36. ISBN 0-743-26025-2.

King of the 40th Parallel. Discovery in the American West. By James G. Moore. Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA, 2006. 411 pp. $55. ISBN 0-8047-5222-2. Paper, $21.95. ISBN 0-8047-5223-0.

The adventures and accomplishments of Clarence King---geologist, explorer, mountaineer, and first director of the U.S. Geological Survey---are the subject of two recent books.