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


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ISBN13: 9780143114611
ISBN10: 0143114611
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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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Joe Jackson is the author of one novel and four nonfiction titles, including Leavenworth Train, which was a finalist for the 2002 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime.

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Hardcastle, June 5, 2009 (view all comments by Hardcastle)
A riveting page-turner. Jackson takes you into the jungle with facinating characters who brave unbelieveable hardships - fire ants, clouds of mosquitos, snakes, parasites, malaria, yellow fever, hunger and death. All for the seeds of the rubber tree. This is the best book I have ever read.
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Jackson, Joe
Penguin Books
Europe - Great Britain - General
Latin America - South America
World - Colonial Studies
General History
World History-England General
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Paperback / softback
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from 12
8-page b/w photo and illustration insert
8.38x5.48x.97 in. .78 lbs.
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Business » History and Biographies
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History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Latin America » Brazil
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History and Social Science » World History » South America
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