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The Resource The map thief : the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps, Michael Blanding

The map thief : the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps, Michael Blanding

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The map thief : the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps
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The map thief
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the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps
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Michael Blanding
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eng
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"The story of an infamous crime, a revered map dealer with an unsavory secret, and the ruthless subculture that consumed him. Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers--both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects. Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief--until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. The Map Thief delves into the untold history of this fascinating high-stakes criminal and the inside story of the industry that consumed him. Acclaimed reporter Michael Blanding has interviewed all the key players in this stranger-than-fiction story, and shares the fascinating histories of maps that charted the New World, and how they went from being practical instruments to quirky heirlooms to highly coveted objects. Though pieces of the map theft story have been written before, Blanding is the first reporter to explore the story in full-and had the rare privilege of having access to Smiley himself after he'd gone silent in the wake of his crimes. Moreover, although Smiley swears he has admitted to all of the maps he stole, libraries claim he stole hundreds more--and offer intriguing clues to prove it. Now, through a series of exclusive interviews with Smiley and other key individuals, Blanding teases out an astonishing tale of destruction and redemption. The Map Thief interweaves Smiley's escapades with the stories of the explorers and mapmakers he knew better than anyone. Tracking a series of thefts as brazen as the art heists in Provenance and a subculture as obsessive as the oenophiles in The Billionaire's Vinegar, Blanding has pieced together an unforgettable story of high-stakes crime. "--
Summary
"The story of an infamous crime, a revered map dealer with an unsavory secret, and the ruthless subculture that consumed him Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers-both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate theworld. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects. Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief -until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. The Map Thief delves into the untold history of this fascinating high-stakes criminal and the inside story of the industry that consumed him. Acclaimed reporter Michael Blanding has interviewed all the key players in this stranger-than-fiction story, and shares the fascinating histories of maps that charted the New World, and how they went from being practical instruments to quirky heirlooms to highly coveted objects. Though pieces of the map theft story have been written before, Blanding is the first reporter to explore the story in full-and had the rare privilege of having access to Smiley himself after he'd gone silent in the wake of his crimes. Moreover, although Smiley swears he has admitted to all of the maps he stole, libraries claim he stole hundreds more-and offer intriguing clues to prove it. Now, through a series of exclusive interviews with Smiley and other key individuals, Blanding teases out an astonishing tale of destruction and redemption. The Map Thief interweaves Smiley's escapades with the stories of the explorers and mapmakers he knew better than anyone. Tracking a series of thefts as brazen as the art heists in Provenance and a subculture as obsessive as the oenophiles in The Billionaire's Vinegar, Blanding has pieced together an unforgettable story of high-stakes crime. "--
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Blanding, Michael
Dewey number
364.16/289120973
Index
index present
LC call number
Z286.M3
LC item number
B53 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Smiley, E. Forbes
  • Map dealers
  • Map industry and trade
  • Map thefts
  • Book thefts
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Criminals & Outlaws
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General
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adult
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the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps
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The map thief : the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps, Michael Blanding
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ftp://ppftpuser:welcome@ftp01.penguingroup.com/BooksellersandMedia/Covers/2008_2009_New_Covers/9781592408177.jpg
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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ocn861479004
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9781592408177
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(hardback)
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2014005305
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(OCoLC)861479004
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The map thief : the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps, Michael Blanding
Link
ftp://ppftpuser:welcome@ftp01.penguingroup.com/BooksellersandMedia/Covers/2008_2009_New_Covers/9781592408177.jpg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn861479004
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9781592408177
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014005305
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)861479004

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