Andro Linklater is the author of Measuring America: How An Untamed Wilderness Shaped the United States and Fulfilled the Promise of Democracy, The Fabric of America: How Our Borders and Boundaries Shaped the Country and Forged Our National Identity, and An Artist in Treason: The Extraordinary Double Life of General James Wilkinson. He lives in England.
[A] wonderful and fascinating new book... It deserves to be a classic, plunged into the American reader's consciousness as firmly as the iron spikes or the witness trees at the edges of the maps it so splendidly describes. Simon Winchester, Boston Globe on Measuring America [Andro Linklater] has the talent not just to let us know how things work, but to make us want to know. He encloses his specifics inside generalities inside universals, as if they were nested Russian dolls [providing] a magical mystery tour that leaves the reader exhilarated by unexpected connections...Throughout the book, Mr. Linklater has allowed his humans wonderfully to subvert his measurings. New York Times on Measuring America In Measuring America, Linklater traces with unusual elegance and a keen wit the epic story of measuring our nation, charting the process by which, with each length of the surveyor's chain, new states were literally bought into being...remarkable. Los Angeles Times on Measuring America