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4.0 out of 5 stars More than just Measuring America, 22 Aug 2003
This review is from: Measuring America (Paperback)
The title of this book is a little bit mis-leading in that the book is about much more than just how land in America was measured and laid out. It really is also a history of how weights and measures were established and about the people who tried and succeeded in setting standards.
There is a fascinating discussion on how weights and measures are determined, and some insights into the people who in some cases devoted their lives to the cause of measuring things accurately.
In purchasing this book I expected more about how borders between the States were determined both in USA and Canada. Some reference is made to border disputes early on between the original 13 colonies, but what about middle and west of America? How were States and Provinces established - this is missing from the book.
It is an interesting book, but I'm sure there are better accounts of how measures were created and established - and I felt that a history of this process was simply filling out the book.
The book is well written and easy to read, and I'd recommend it to the amateur geographer or historian.
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Measuring America by Andro Linklater (Paperback - 16 Jun 2003)
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