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Thief at the End of the World Rubber, Power, and the Seeds of Empire

ISBN-10: 0143114611

ISBN-13: 9780143114611

Edition: N/A

Authors: Joe Jackson

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The amazing tale of one of history's most daring acts of biopiracy-and how it changed history In this thrilling real-life account of bravery, greed, obsession, and ultimate betrayal, award- winning writer Joe Jackson brings to life the story of fortune hunter Henry Wickham and his collaboration with the empire that fueled, then abandoned him. In 1876, Wickham smuggled 70,000 rubber tree seeds out of the rainforests of Brazil and delivered them to Victorian England's most prestigious scientists at Kew Gardens. The story of how Wickham got his hands on those seeds-and the history-making consequences-is the stuff of legend. The Thief at the End of the World is an exciting true story of reckless courage and ambition that perfectly captures the essential nature of Great Britain's colonial adventure in South America.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 2/24/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Prologue: Henry's Dream
The Need
The Fortunate Son
Nature Belongs to Man
The New World
The Mortal River
Instruments of the Elastic God
The Source
The Return of the Planter
The Jungle
The Seeds
The Voyage of the Amazonas
The World
The Edge of the World
The Talking Cross
Rubber Madness
The Vindicated Man
Epilogue: The Monument of Need
Appendices
World Rubber Production, 1905-1922
The World's Rubber Requirements, 1922
New York Price Quotations for Crude Rubber
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index