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The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime

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A Rare example of excellent essay writing for history

Each chapter of Island of Lost Maps is an excellent model for writing the historical essay. The author weaves the story of a modern map thief with the history of map thieves. This is an excellent book to building reading and writing skills for AP students in the Ameri...
Each chapter of Island of Lost Maps is an excellent model for writing the historical essay. The author weaves the story of a modern map thief with the history of map thieves. This is an excellent book to building reading and writing skills for AP students in the American system and A-Level Students in the British system. It is a great book to be used for English, history and geography -- or just for entertaining, informative reading.

posted by Anonymous on May 3, 2006

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School Required Text

This text was required for my art history class. The information is extremely interesting, but the author has the tendency to elaborate on topics that don't need to be written in detail about. He also jumps around a lot in the book, so it's hard to follow the story. I l...
This text was required for my art history class. The information is extremely interesting, but the author has the tendency to elaborate on topics that don't need to be written in detail about. He also jumps around a lot in the book, so it's hard to follow the story. I lost interest about 50 pages in, but I have to read 250 more...

posted by Petite-Abeille on January 8, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2002

    FINDING YOUR WAY

    Miles Harvey's book, THE ISLAND OF LOST MAPS, is a journey to find the motivation of one Gilbert Bland as he carefully cut out valuable maps from libraries in the United States, Canada and possibly Britain, and then sold them to map collectors who often did not concern themselves with where Bland had found these valuables. Harvey's task is finally insurmountable. Comparing Bland to other thieves and explorers, Harvey can merely poke at Bland's brain from a distance, and Bland never allows his motivations to be discovered. Harvey notes Bland's name as being a symbol of his personality, yet Harvey notices a touch of resolute fire in Bland's eye as Harvey is warned to stay away. Backed into a corner, Bland once refused to explain himself to the FBI. Harvey is much easier to put off. If Harvey has helped us at all with his book, it must be through his excellent description of the history of mapping, and his personal discovery that we all are on a search, whether it be for a Northwest Passage or a Way to Heaven. What Bland was searching for, we may never know. But if we take a recent comment from the actor Jim Carrey for guidance, it might be that Bland was just trying to fill up an emptiness inside, a loneliness he was trying to fill with stolen goods, not a way to give much satisfaction in the end.

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