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 Robert Whitaker
     
 

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In the early years of the 18th century, a band of French scientists set off on a daring, decade-long expedition to South America in a race to measure the precise shape of the earth. Like Lewis and Clark's exploration of the American West, their incredible mission revealed the mysteries of a little-known continent to a world hungry for discovery. Scaling 16,000foot

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In the early years of the 18th century, a band of French scientists set off on a daring, decade-long expedition to South America in a race to measure the precise shape of the earth. Like Lewis and Clark's exploration of the American West, their incredible mission revealed the mysteries of a little-known continent to a world hungry for discovery. Scaling 16,000foot mountains in the Peruvian Andes, and braving jaguars, pumas, insects, and vampire bats in the jungle, the scientists barely completed their mission. One was murdered, another perished from fever, and a third-Jean Godin-nearly died of heartbreak. At the expedition's end, Jean and his Peruvian wife, Isabel Gramesón, became stranded at opposite ends of the Amazon, victims of a tangled web of international politics. Isabel's solo journey to reunite with Jean after their calamitous twenty-year separation was so dramatic that it left all of 18th-century Europe spellbound. Her survival-unprecedented in the annals of Amazon exploration-was a testament to human endurance, female resourcefulness, and the power of devotion.Drawing on the original writings of the French mapmakers, as well as his own experience retracing Isabel's journey, acclaimed writer Robert Whitaker weaves a riveting tale rich in adventure, intrigue, and scientific achievement. Never before told, The Mapmaker's Wife is an epic love story that unfolds against the backdrop of "the greatest expedition the world has ever known."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465057948
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
03/01/2016
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
319,260
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author


Robert Whitaker is the award-winning author of four books, including Anatomy of an Epidemic, which won the Investigative Reporters and Editors 2010 award for best investigative journalism, On the Laps of Gods, and Mad in America. His newspaper and magazine articles on the mentally ill and the pharmaceutical industry have garnered several national awards, including a George Polk Award for medical writing and a National Association of Science Writers Award for best magazine article. A series he co-wrote for the Boston Globe on the abuse of mental patients in research settings was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.

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The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Compared to this expedition, Lewis and Clark were on a romp through the park, and they were non-savants. This expedition is in the GRAND Euro tradition and I doubt it has many rivals. I am only half way thru, and it is all about the AMAZING and trying and brilliant expedition and the historical background of South America that explains much of it today. Too bad the publisher linked it to the later-to-be-wife of a minor player. But, that's American commercialism.
CCarley More than 1 year ago
Ever feel down or depressed, think life is tough, maybe feel you'll never reach your goals or sometimes just want to give up? This book will make you reminder that you can do anything, surmount any obstacles and always make it home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was really fascinating, although possibly mistitled. A good part of the story deals with the scientific expedition, which was a pretty amazing undertaking given the difficult terrain and travel conditions. The story of Isabel's journey through the jungle to reunite with her husband was also an amazing story of endurance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wished I would have read History of Mapmaking's review before I bought this book. It is definitely, science, science and more science! The story has the potential to make for an interesting book of historical fiction. However, the manner in which it is written just makes for a boring read. I was hoping after 150 pages that the portion of the book referred to in the title 'Mapmaker's Wife...' would be engaging but after another 50 pages, and two-thirds of the way through. I don't care to even finish the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
More a scientific journal than a lovestory. In the first half of the book the key relationship lasts one paragraph. Read this Only if you enjoy history of Science.