Measuring America: How the Untamed Wilderness Shaped the United States and Fulfilled the Promise of Democracy

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"This expertly written and eminently enjoyable chronicle is highly recommended for history and history of science collections." -Library Journal"Make room on the library shelf for the never-before-told saga of the survey that converted the vast wilderness west of the Ohio River into a commodity marked out for government sale." -Booklist, Starred ReviewHow we ultimately gained the American Customary System-the last traditional system in the world-and how Gunter's chain indelibly imprinted its dimensions on the land, on cities, and on our culture

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Overview

"This expertly written and eminently enjoyable chronicle is highly recommended for history and history of science collections." -Library Journal"Make room on the library shelf for the never-before-told saga of the survey that converted the vast wilderness west of the Ohio River into a commodity marked out for government sale." -Booklist, Starred ReviewHow we ultimately gained the American Customary System-the last traditional system in the world-and how Gunter's chain indelibly imprinted its dimensions on the land, on cities, and on our culture from coast to coast is both an exciting human and intellectual drama and one of the great untold stories in American history. Sagely argued and beautifully written, Measuring America offers readers nothing less than the opportunity to see America's history-and our democracy-in a brilliant new light.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786253708
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 5/22/2003
  • Pages: 547
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Andro Linklater was born in Scotland and educated at Oxford University where he studied history. For several years he lived in the United States, working variously in politics and and the art, but returned to Britain to teach in Scotland and London. For the past twenty years he has been a full-time writer and journalist.
Andro has written extensively for a wide range of magazines and newspapers, including "The Spectator," "The Times," "The Daily Telegraph," "Sunday Telegraph," "Reader's Digest" and "Daily Mail," Assignments have taken him to many parts of the world including Patagonia, the South Pacific and the Arctic Circle. He has written frequently on science and technology, notably a major report on Chernobyl for the "Telegraph Magazine," and an early investigation of genetic engineering for the "Reader's Diges"t. His book reviews have appeared regularly in "The Spectator," "The Sunday Times" and "The Guardian,"
Of "Measuring America," he says "Like most visitors to the United States, it was the shape of the place I first fell in love with — the spectacular grid of city blocks, the squared-off, "American Gothic" farms, and the long, straight, section roads that caught the imagination of Kerouac and every drive-movie director you can think of. During the time I lived there, I never questioned why this should be so, it simply seemed American. Since then, however, I have returned frequently as a visitor and each time I came back, it always struck me as utterly astonishing that such a coherent pattern could have occurred across a 3000 mile-wide continent. How did it happen? Who shaped this gigantic land? "Measuring America" is my attempt to answer those questions."

ALAN SKLAR has narrated over 75 audiobooks and earned numerous awards for his work. He has also provided the voice for thousands of corporate and medical videos, as well as many radio and TV commercials. He lives with his wife in New York.

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