Measuring America (Paperback)
How an Untamed Wilderness Shaped the United States and Fulfilled the Promise ofD emocracy
Plume, 9780452284593, 320pp.
Publication Date: September 30, 2003
Measuring America tells the fascinating story of how we ultimately gained the American Customary System—the last traditional system in the world—and how one man's surveying chain indelibly imprinted its dimensions on the land, on cities, and on our culture from coast to coast.
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Praise For Measuring America: How an Untamed Wilderness Shaped the United States and Fulfilled the Promise ofD emocracy…
"What's great about history, when done well, is how even the most familiar topics, from the American Revolution to WWII, can be revisited again and again, not just to retell stories but to offer a fresh perspective. That is what Andro Linklater does in Measuring America." —USA Today
"Remarkable...Linklater traces with unusual elegance and a keen wit the epic story of measuring our nation, charting the process by which, with each length of the surveyor's chain, new states were literally bought into being." —Los Angeles Times