The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon

The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon

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By (author) Robert Whitaker

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  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell
  • Format: Paperback | 372 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 25mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 28 December 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0385337205
  • ISBN 13: 9780385337205
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 493,993

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A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon The year is 1735. A decade-long expedition to South America is launched by a team of French scientists racing to measure the circumference of the earth and to reveal the mysteries of a little-known continent to a world hungry for discovery and knowledge. From this extraordinary journey arose an unlikely love between one scientist and a beautiful Peruvian noblewoman. Victims of a tangled web of international politics, Jean Godin and Isabel Grameson's destiny would ultimately unfold in the Amazon's unforgiving jungles, and it would be Isabel's quest to reunite with Jean after a calamitous twenty-year separation that would capture the imagination of all of eighteenth-century Europe. A remarkable testament to human endurance, female resourcefulness, and enduring love, Isabel Grameson's survival remains unprecedented in the annals of Amazon exploration.

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Robert Whitaker is a science journalist and the author of Mad In America. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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"In the brilliant tradition of Dava Sobel's Longitude and Ken Alder's "The Measure of All Things", Robert Whitaker's book places the scientific discovery of terrestrial distances within a gripping human drama, where science, society, and the human heart are intertwined." -Alan Lightman, author of "Einstein's Dreams" "A rare story, taut with intellectual controversy, romantic passion, and harrowing danger." -"Booklis"t (starred review)

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A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon The year is 1735. A decade-long expedition to South America is launched by a team of French scientists racing to measure the circumference of the earth and to reveal the mysteries of a little-known continent to a world hungry for discovery and knowledge. From this extraordinary journey arose an unlikely love between one scientist and a beautiful Peruvian noblewoman. Victims of a tangled web of international politics, Jean Godin and Isabel Gramesin's destiny would ultimately unfold in the Amazon's unforgiving jungles, and it would be Isabel's quest to reunite with Jean after a calamitous twenty-year separation that would capture the imagination of all of eighteenth-century Europe. A remarkable testament to human endurance, female resourcefulness, and enduring love, Isabel Gramesin's survival remains unprecedented in the annals of Amazon exploration.