The Mapmaker's Wife

A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon

By Robert Whitaker
(Delta, Paperback, 9780385337205, 372pp.)

Publication Date: December 28, 2004

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon

The year is 1735. A decade-long expedition to South America is launched by a team of French scientists racing to measure the circumference of the earth and to reveal the mysteries of a little-known continent to a world hungry for discovery and knowledge. From this extraordinary journey arose an unlikely love between one scientist and a beautiful Peruvian noblewoman. Victims of a tangled web of international politics, Jean Godin and Isabel Gramesón’s destiny would ultimately unfold in the Amazon’s unforgiving jungles, and it would be Isabel’s quest to reunite with Jean after a calamitous twenty-year separation that would capture the imagination of all of eighteenth-century Europe. A remarkable testament to human endurance, female resourcefulness, and enduring love, Isabel Gramesón’s survival remains unprecedented in the annals of Amazon exploration.

About the Author

Robert Whitaker is a science journalist and the author of Mad In America. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Praise For The Mapmaker's Wife

“In the brilliant tradition of Dava Sobel’s Longitude and Ken Alder’s The Measure of All Things, Robert Whitaker’s book places the scientific discovery of terrestrial distances within a gripping human drama, where science, society, and the human heart are intertwined.”
–Alan Lightman, author of Einstein’s Dreams

“A rare story, taut with intellectual controversy, romantic passion, and harrowing danger.”
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