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The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps review ↠ 104 Æ ❮PDF❯ ✪ The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps AutFter hed 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 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 Smileys 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 Billionaires Vinegar Blanding has pieced together an unforgettable story of high stakes crim. One of the best books on bibliokleptomania I learnt about the history of Maps also from this book other than the exploits of the map thief

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L 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 uirky 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 fulland had the rare privilege of having access to Smiley himself a. great read a historical story full of facts and history of mapping all over the globe

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The Map Thief The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless MapsThief The PDF #198 The story of an infamous crime a revered map dealer The Map PDF or with an unsavory secret and the ruthless subculture that consumed him Map Thief The eBook #9734 Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewersboth as beautiful Map Thief The Gripping Story eBook #180 works of art and as practical Map Thief The Gripping Story eBook #180 tools to navigate the world But to those who collect them the map trade can be a cutthroat business inhabited by uirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects Once considered a respectable antiuarian map dealer E Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief unti. This book is a partial biography of Edward Forbes Smiley III a collector forger and thief of rare maps Smiley originally met with author Michael Blanding and agreed to tell his story Once interviews began Smiley backed away from the project The author warned him that the work had gone too far to be abandoned and that the book would be finished with or without his assistance Smiley disappeared and refused to meet with the author againAnd the book was finished It tells a somewhat distanced tale of Smiley's legitimate work building collections of historically significant maps And it reconstructs his shadier enterprises Along the way readers learn about various maps and mapmakers both famous and obscure The narrative is a painless combination of modern crime thriller and excerpts from the historical recordAlthough pleasant reading the account suffers noticeably from Smiley's decision to withdraw from collaboration with the author Speculations about his reasons for doing so and his unconfirmed criminal activities lack the credibility and descriptive detail Smiley would have supplied Expansion of the historical information is a reasonable filler strategy but also feels like one The result feels like the product of an author making the best of a bad situationYour mileage may vary