The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps
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An unforgettable story of high stakes crime from author and acclaimed reporter Michael Blanding. Blanding tells the stranger-than-fiction story of E. Forbes Smiley who was once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer. In truth 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. Though pieces of the map theft story have been written before, Blanding is the first reporter to explore it in full. Interviewing all of the key players, including Smiley himself, Blanding creates a fascinating read, not only about the crime, but he outlines the history of maps that charted the New World and how they went from practical instruments to highly coveted works of art. A fascinating read about an art dealer who made millions stealing rare and priceless maps.
5.25 x 8 inches