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The Mapmakers Wife: A True Tale Of Love, Murder, And Survival In The Amazon
The Mapmakers Wife: A True Tale Of Love, Murder, And Survival In The Amazon by Robert Whitaker 0738208086 9780738208084
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The Mapmakers Wife: A True Tale Of Love, Murder, And Survival In The Amazon by Robert Whitaker

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 Clarks 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 expeditions end, Jean and his Peruvian wife, Isabel Gramesn, became stranded at opposite ends of the Amazon, victims of a tangled web of international politics. Isabels 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 Isabels journey, acclaimed writer Robert Whitaker weaves a riveting tale rich in adventure, intrigue, and scientific achievement. Never before told, The Mapmakers Wife is an epic love story that unfolds against the backdrop of the greatest expedition the world has ever known.

Author: Robert Whitaker

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 368

Publisher: Basic Books

Publication Date: 2004-04-13

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