The Mapmaker's Wife

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

By (author) Robert Whitaker

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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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  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 521.63g
  • 28 Dec 2004
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0385337205
  • 9780385337205
  • 589,137

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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.

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