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

od Jackson, J. z vydavateľstva Gardners Books Ltd dot 2008

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

od Jackson, J. z vydavateľstva Gardners Books Ltd dot 2008

Autor: Jackson, J.
Vydavateľstvo: Gardners Books Ltd
Rok vydania: 2008
EAN: 9780715637937
Počet strán: 432
Typ tovaru: Brožovaná väzba
Dostupnosť: Vypredané
Bežná cena 27,70 €
Zľava: 11%
Naša cena 24,65 €
Kúpou tohto produktu získate 1,41 bodov

Viac o knihe Thief at the End of the World: Rubber, Power, and the Seeds of Empire (Jackson, J.)

In 1876, a man named Henry 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. Those seeds, planted around the world in England's colonial outposts, gave rise to the great rubber boom of the early 20th century - an explosion of entrepreneurial and scientific industry that would change the world. The story of how Wickham got his hands on those seeds - a sought-after prize for which many suffered and died- is the stuff of legend. In this utterly engaging account of obsession, greed, bravery, and betrayal, author and journalist Joe Jackson brings to life a classic Victorian fortune-hunter and the empire that fuelled, then abandoned, him. In his single-minded persuit of glory, Wickham faced deadly insects, poisonous snakes, horrific illnesses, and, ultimately, the neglect and contempt of the very government he wished to serve. His idealism and determination, as well as his outright thievery, perfectly encapsulate the essential nature of the Great Britain's colonial adventure in South America. 'The Thief at the End of the World' is a thrilling true story of reckless courage and ambition.

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