Measuring America: How the United States Was Shaped by the Greatest Land Sale in History

Version: Unabridged
Author: Andro Linklater
Narrator: Alan Sklar
Genres: History, North America
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: October 2003
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 33 minutes
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Overview

"This expertly written and eminently enjoyable chronicle is highly recommended for history and history of science collections." -Library Journal"Make room on the library shelf for the never-before-told saga of the survey that converted the vast wilderness west of the Ohio River into a commodity marked out for government sale." -Booklist, Starred ReviewHow we ultimately gained the American Customary System-the last traditional system in the world-and how Gunter's chain indelibly imprinted its dimensions on the land, on cities, and on our culture from coast to coast is both an exciting human and intellectual drama and one of the great untold stories in American history. Sagely argued and beautifully written, Measuring America offers readers nothing less than the opportunity to see America's history-and our democracy-in a brilliant new light.

Reviews (1)

Measuring America

Written by KD on July 22nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

While I enjoyed the book overall, it did seem to go off on irrelevent tangents at times, and sometimes it got too technical about the types of measurement considered and used. But, it is still a fascinating look at how the country was measured, charted, sold, and populated.

Author Details

Author Details

Linklater, Andro

Andro Linklater was born in Scotland and educated at Oxford University where he studied history. For several years he lived in the United States, working variously in politics and and the art, but returned to Britain to teach in Scotland and London. For the past twenty years he has been a full-time writer and journalist.
Andro has written extensively for a wide range of magazines and newspapers, including "The Spectator," "The Times," "The Daily Telegraph," "Sunday Telegraph," "Reader's Digest" and "Daily Mail," Assignments have taken him to many parts of the world including Patagonia, the