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Miles Harvey

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Miles Harvey's new book is The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch, which National Book Award-winner Nathaniel Philbrick calls a "masterpiece" and Pulitzer Prize finalist Dave Eggers describes as a "ludicrously enjoyable, unputdownable read." It will be published by Little, Brown & Co. in July 2020.

Harvey's previous work includes The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime, a bestseller USA Today named one of the ten best books of 2000, and Painter in a Savage Land: The Strange Saga of the First European Artist in North America, awarded an Editors’ Choice honor from Booklist, and a best-books citation from The Chicago Tribune
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The Island of Lost Maps: A ...

3.62 avg rating — 2,458 ratings — published 2000 — 16 editions
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How Long Will I Cry?

4.54 avg rating — 140 ratings — published 2013 — 2 editions
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Painter in a Savage Land: T...

4.05 avg rating — 73 ratings — published 2008 — 8 editions
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The King of Confidence: A T...

3.76 avg rating — 91 ratings — published 2020 — 7 editions
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Look What Came from China

3.69 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 1998 — 4 editions
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Look What Came from Russia

3.77 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 1999 — 4 editions
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Look What Came from Japan

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Look What Came from Mexico

3.60 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 1998 — 5 editions
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Look What Came from Egypt

3.83 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 1998 — 5 editions
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Look What Came from Ireland

4.27 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2002 — 2 editions
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“A map has no vocabulary, no lexicon of precise meanings. It communicates in lines, hues, tones, coded symbols, and empty spaces, much like music. Nor does a map have its own voice. It is many-tongued, a chorus reciting centuries of accumulated knowledge in echoed chants. A map provides no answers. It only suggests where to look: Discover this, reexamine that, put one thing in relation to another, orient yourself, begin here... Sometimes a map speaks in terms of physical geography, but just as often it muses on the jagged terrain of the heart, the distant vistas of memory, or the fantastic landscapes of dreams.”
Miles Harvey, The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime

“What a vapid job title our culture gives to those honorable laborers the ancient Egyptians and Sumerians variously called Learned Men of the Magic Library, Scribes of the Double House of Life, Mistresses of the House of Books, or Ordainers of the Universe. 'Librarian' - that mouth-contorting, graceless grind of a word, that dry gulch in the dictionary between 'libido' and 'licentious' - it practically begs you to envision a stoop-shouldered loser, socks mismatched, eyes locked in a permanent squint from reading too much microfiche. If it were up to me, I would abolish the word entirely and turn back to the lexicological wisdom of the ancients, who saw librarians not as feeble sorters and shelvers but as heroic guardians. In Assyrian, Babylonian, and Egyptian cultures alike, those who toiled at the shelves were often bestowed with a proud, even soldierly, title: Keeper of the Books. - p.113”
Miles Harvey, The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime

“He was blessed with the sort of intense curiosity that most of us experience so infrequently it often seems to come as a surprise. I’m not talking about the kind of curiosity that INVITES but about the kind that DEMANDS, not about the kind that says I WONDER but the kind that says I MUST KNOW. The kind that makes you immerse yourself in a subject, ponder it over and over until you are able to make sense of it for others and, in so doing, give your own life new meaning in some small way. Under such a spell, humans can accomplish the extraordinary.”
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