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The amazing tale of one of history's most daring acts of biopiracy-and how it changed history
In this thrilling real-life account of bravery, greed, obsession, and ultimate betrayal, award- winning writer Joe Jackson brings to life the story of fortune hunter Henry Wickham and his collaboration with the empire that fueled, then abandoned him. In 1876, Wickham smuggled 70,000 rubber tree seeds out of the rainforests of Brazil and delivered them to Victorian England's most prestigious scientists at Kew Gardens. The story of how Wickham got his hands on those seeds-and the history-making consequences-is the stuff of legend. The Thief at the End of the World is an exciting true story of reckless courage and ambition that perfectly captures the essential nature of Great Britain's colonial adventure in South America.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Joe Jackson is the author of four works of nonfiction and a novel. He was an investigative reporter for the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot for 12 years, covering criminal justice and the state’s death row. He lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He can be reached through his website, joejacksonbooks.com.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Henry's Dream 1
Part I The Need
1 The Fortunate Son 19
2 Nature Belongs to Man 34
3 The New World 53
4 The Mortal River 75
5 Instruments of the Elastic God 100
Part II The Source
6 The Return of the Planter 119
7 The Jungle 136
8 The Seeds 153
9 The Voyage of the Amazonas 173
Part III The World
10 The Edge of the World 197
11 The Talking Cross 217
12 Rubber Madness 237
13 The Vindicated Man 263
Epilogue: The Monument of Need 291
I World Rubber Production, 1905-1922 305
II The World's Rubber Requirements, 1922 306
III New York Price Quotations for Crude Rubber 307
What People are Saying About This
"Joe Jackson has written a compelling story of science and politics."
-The Dallas Morning News
"An exhilarating narrative, sweeping us through great discoveries and international rivalries."
-Jenny Uglow, author of The Lunar Men