Robert Whitaker is a science journalist and the author of Mad In America. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Teresa Borden, April 12, 2011 (view all comments by Teresa Borden)
What astounded me throughout was the amazing length of time it took in the early 18th century, for communication to go back and forth between these early scientists on faraway continents. At the beginning, I thought I was reading historical fiction but it didn't take long for me to realize that this story, in truth, had unfolded from actual historical documents. And I appreciated that the author didn't take liberties: he said this is what we can know from the records.
Whitaker does such a great job of telling this story of an explorer's quest and his romance with a native noblewoman. I was on the edge of my seat, avidly reading page-by-page to find out what happened. I won't give away the ending, but I will say that it surprised me.
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