By Cathryn Prince

With a sophisticated jogging stick and well pressed trousers, Richard Halliburton served as an intrepid globetrotting consultant for hundreds of thousands of american citizens within the Nineteen Twenties and '30s. Readers waited with bated breath for every new article and booklet he wrote. in the course of his occupation, Halliburton climbed the Matterhorn, approximately fell out of his aircraft whereas capturing the 1st aerial images of Mt. Everest, and have become the 1st individual to swim the Panama Canal. With his matinee idol appears, the Tennessee local was once a media darling in an period of optimism and elevated social openness. yet because the nice melancholy and looming conflict driven the USA towards social conservatism, Halliburton extra actively labored to conceal his homosexuality, burnishing his photograph as a masculine trailblazer. As chronicled in American Daredevil, Halliburton harnessed the media of his day to realize and hold a common following lengthy earlier than our age of the 24-hour information cycle, and therefore grew to become the 1st star event journalist. and through the darkest hours of the nice melancholy, Halliburton did anything extraordinary: he encouraged generations of authors, reporters, and daily those that dreamt of reputation and glory to discover the world.

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