The Map Thief by Michael Blanding

The Map Thief

The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps

A somewhat disappointing book. The age-old-story of a man, E. Forbes Smiley III, living beyond his means who makes a bad decision to steal rare maps from various libraries. This snowballs until he’s caught. Contrite, Smiley tries to make good on the thefts but there are too many. The justice system isn’t prepare to deal with these kind of thefts and gives Smiley a light sentence. The libraries don’t learn their lesson. The libraries come across as weird institutions who probably shouldn’t be holding rare maps in the first place. The best part of Blanding’s book is the history of the maps themselves. Unfortunately, I read this on a Kindle so the map illustration were small and b&w- not conducive to map reading.

275 pages


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