Map Of A Nation
EPUB EBook by Rachel Hewitt
EBook DescriptionI know the exact moment I fell in love with this book. Map Of A Nation EPUB EBookIt came on page fifteen of the prologue, wherein Rachel Hewitt describes the debacle of a manhunt that followed the Jacobite rebellion of 1745.For want of a decent map of Scotland, England's fearsome army was led a merry chase across the Highlands by a half- EPUBlame septuagenarian and managed to lose "Bonnie" Prince Charles altogether.Charles's defeat came at the Battle of Culloden, famous for being the last pitched battle fought on the British Isles, and infamous for the bloodthirsty zeal of the English troops during and following the battle.
The English army annihilated the two thousand or so Scotsmen in around forty five minutes, and for anyone not quite sure how long forty five minutes is, Rachel Hewitt explains that it's "the time it takes to enjoy a soak in the bath".Upon reading this unlikely comparison between a scene of unimaginable bloodshed and a Cadbury's Flake advert, my eyebrows and jaw raced away from one another.Once I'd dragged down the former and pulled up the latter, I let out a sound somewhere between a snort of appreciation for the outrageous analogy and a snigger of expectation at what other delights the book would hold.
The story of the Ordnance Survey maps turns out to be a fascinating one, and Hewitt tells it brilliantly.Not since Longitude have I been so enthralled by such a dry sounding subject, but not even Dava Sobel wrote this well.The book is always comprehensive but never too slow nor patronising, and has many a nice personal touch as well.The characters that brought the Survey to life are herein brought to life themselves, and thanks to some well placed and never smarmy personal recollections of the author, the book itself almost has a life of its own.
The subject matter might not be to everyone's tastes, but maps aside it's a riveting tale of human triumph over and alongside nature and the elements with some intriguing cameos and some genuinely touching drama.And surely everyone appreciates a book with all that. Like this book? Read online this: Brought to Book, A New Nation.
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