By Cathryn Prince

With a sophisticated strolling stick and well pressed trousers, Richard Halliburton served as an intrepid globetrotting consultant for hundreds of thousands of usa citizens within the Twenties and '30s. Readers waited with bated breath for every new article and booklet he wrote. in the course of his profession, Halliburton climbed the Matterhorn, approximately fell out of his airplane whereas capturing the 1st aerial images of Mt. Everest, and have become the 1st individual to swim the Panama Canal. With his matinee idol seems to be, the Tennessee local used to be a media darling in an period of optimism and elevated social openness. yet because the nice melancholy and looming warfare driven the US towards social conservatism, Halliburton extra actively labored to conceal his homosexuality, burnishing his snapshot as a masculine trailblazer. As chronicled in American Daredevil, Halliburton harnessed the media of his day to achieve and keep a common following lengthy earlier than our age of the 24-hour information cycle, and hence grew to become the 1st famous person experience journalist. and through the darkest hours of the good melancholy, Halliburton did anything striking: he encouraged generations of authors, reporters, and daily those that dreamt of status and glory to discover the world.

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