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Posted April 12, 2004
American History Teachers Take Notice
What struck me most about this book was how it induced me to consider the details of just how we came to measure America and establish boundaries. In History classes, we often focus on westward expansion and vast land purchases, and scarcely consider how this great land was measured and subdivided into saleable plots. This could have been a rather dry book, but the author brings the topic alive by introducing us to the movers and shakers of the surveying world in the 19th century. A delightful read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 8, 2002
Well written, well structured, fun!
This fun book is both intellectually interesting yet easy to read. Chapters about the origin of the Gunter's chain, provide a background the the problem of settling the west and overall, measuring townships and states. The book continues with a historical review of the birth of the Nation, and the shape of towns, states and cities in this country. Mapping, surveying and measurement issues (including weights) are explained. Overall: fun reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.