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A Rum Affair: A True Story of Botanical Fraud

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Publisher Comments:

A Rum Affair is an absorbing tale of scientific chicanery and academic intrigue—critically acclaimed and a finalist for the Los Angeles TimesBook Prize. In the 1940s, the eminent British botanist John Heslop Harrison proposed a controversial theory: Species of plants on the islands off the west coast of Scotland, he said, had survived the last Ice Age. His premise flew in the face of evidence that the last advance of the ice sheets extended well south of mainland Scotland, but he said he had proof—the plants and grasses found on the Isle of Rum—that would make his name in the scientific world. Harrison didn't anticipate, however, the tenacious John Raven, an amateur botanist who boldly questioned whether these grasses were truly indigenous to the area, or whether they had been transported there and planted. What seems at first a minor infringement of academic honesty soon becomes an enthralling tale of rival scientists and fraudulent science, a skillful whodunit that, in the hands of the talented Sabbagh, joins the ranks of the best narrative nonfiction.

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Now in paperback: "A diverting tale of foul play among the ferns." -Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Karl Sabbagh earned his degree at King's College, Cambridge, before joining BBC Television. He is the author of five books, among them The Living Body and Power into Art. He lives near Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780306810602
Author:
Sabbagh, Karl
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
Botany
Subject:
Botanists
Subject:
Fraud in science
Subject:
Life Sciences - Botany
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
History of Science-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
102
Publication Date:
20010931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 11.5 oz

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