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The Indiana Jones Handbook: The Complete Adventurer’s Guide

Author: Denise Kiernan and Joseph D’Agnese
Originally Published: 2008

The Indiana Jones HandbookThere were a handful of movies that my dad introduced me to when I was quite young, and my love for these movies has only increased over the years. The Indiana Jones trilogy is definitely one of those, so when I saw this book, I knew I had to have it.

This handy little book is what every aspiring Indiana-Jones-like-archaeologist should own. It’s broken down into five chapters, and each chapter is broken down further into various sections that teach you everything you need to know – not limited to how to do an excavation, how to escape if you are accidentally entombed, and how to avoid the Wrath of God. Each section includes examples that Indy went through himself, to help you think about how they would be applied in “real life” situations. They even have illustrations showing you how to do important things you’re going to need to know on your expedition (like how to crack a bullwhip, how to pull yourself out of quicksand, how to throw a punch, etc).

While I did find this book highly amusing, I found that I couldn’t read more than a section or two at each sitting. The highlight of the book, though, was the book design itself. I love the paper the book was printed on, and the page layouts were quite fun. Drool-worthy even. I’ve scanned one of my favourite spreads:

Indiana Jones Handbook spread

Now, however, I am craving a revisit to the Indiana Jones trilogy… and am getting more and more excited for the upcoming Indy movie. Yay fun!

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:36 pm May 14, 2008.
Category: Humour
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  • Kylee

    My fiance is obsessed with the first 3 Indy movies. I thought he would be much more excited by this one coming out. Some of it was filmed a few towns away. He seems ambivalent… =(

  • Stephanie

    This sounds like my kind of book. I was a teenager when the last movie came out and I always remember how totally HOT Harrison Ford was in a fedora. I’m too looking forward to the new Indy film!