The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps, Michael Blanding
  • List: $17.99  |  Sale: $12.59
    Club: $8.99
    • Facebook Share
    • Twitter Share
    • Pinterest Share

Details

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

Author: Michael Blanding

Narrator: Sean Runnette

Unabridged: 8 hr 35 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Published: 05/29/2014

Genre: Biography & Autobiography - Criminals & Outlaws

Synopsis

Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers—both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects. Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief—until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. The Map Thief delves into the untold history of this fascinating high-stakes criminal and the inside story of the industry that consumed him. Acclaimed reporter Michael Blanding has interviewed all the key players in this stranger-than-fiction story, and shares the fascinating histories of maps that charted the New World, and how they went from being practical instruments to quirky heirlooms to highly coveted objects. Though pieces of the map theft story have been written before, Blanding is the first reporter to explore the story in full—and had the rare privilege of having access to Smiley himself after he'd gone silent in the wake of his crimes. Moreover, although Smiley swears he has admitted to all of the maps he stole, libraries claim he stole hundreds more—and offer intriguing clues to prove it. Now, through a series of exclusive interviews with Smiley and other key individuals, Blanding teases out an astonishing tale of destruction and redemption. The Map Thief interweaves Smiley's escapades with the stories of the explorers and mapmakers he knew better than anyone. Tracking a series of thefts as brazen as the art heists in Provenance and a subculture as obsessive as the oenophiles in The Billionaire's Vinegar, Blanding has pieced together an unforgettable story of high-stakes crime.

Recommended

I Heard You Paint Houses Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa, Charles Brandt
"I Heard You Paint Houses"
by Charles Brandt

List: $22.50

Sale: $15.75

Club: $11.25

Narrator: Scott Brick
Published: 11/11/2008

Wolf Boys Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel, Dan Slater
Wolf Boys
by Dan Slater

List: $17.99

Sale: $12.59

Club: $8.99

Narrator: Pete Simonelli
Published: 09/13/2016

Black Mass, Dick Lehr
Black Mass
by Dick Lehr

List: $24.99

Sale: $17.50

Club: $12.49

Narrator: John Rubinstein
Published: 11/09/2012

Cartel Wives A True Story of Deadly Decisions, Steadfast Love, and Bringing Down El Chapo, Mia Flores
Cartel Wives
by Mia Flores

List: $25.98

Sale: $18.19

Club: $12.99

Narrator: Joy Nash
Published: 04/18/2017

Darkest Hour - John Alite Former Mafia Enforcer for John Gotti and the Gambino Crime Family, S.C. Pike
Darkest Hour - John Alite
by S.C. Pike

List: $19.99

Sale: $13.99

Club: $9.99

Narrator: Joe Barrett
Published: 12/25/2018

My Bloody Life The Making of a Latin King, Reymundo Sanchez
My Bloody Life
by Reymundo Sanchez

List: $20.99

Sale: $14.70

Club: $10.49

Narrator: Rudy Sanda
Published: 02/07/2017

Mob Boss The Life of Little Al D'arco, the Man Who Brought Down the Mafia, Jerry Capeci
Mob Boss
by Jerry Capeci

List: $23.49

Sale: $16.45

Club: $11.74

Narrator: Michael Prichard
Published: 11/19/2013

Al Capone His Life, Legacy, and Legend, Deirdre Bair
Al Capone
by Deirdre Bair

List: $25.00

Sale: $17.50

Club: $12.50

Narrator: Rob Shapiro
Published: 10/25/2016

American Desperado My Life--From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset, Jon Roberts
American Desperado
by Jon Roberts

List: $25.00

Sale: $17.50

Club: $12.50

Narrator: Mark Bramhall
Published: 11/01/2011
{"id":"1038974","ean":"9781494571689","abr":"Unabridged","title":"The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps","subtitle":"The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps","author":"Michael Blanding","rating_average":"0","narrator":"Sean Runnette","ubr_id":"1038974","abr_id":"0","ubr_price":"17.99","abr_price":"0.00","ubr_memprice":"10.79","abr_memprice":"0.00","ubr_narrator":"Sean Runnette","abr_narrator":"","ubr_length":"Unabridged: 8 hr 20 min","abr_length":"Abridged: "}