© 2022 Cincinnati Public Radio
purple_waveback6.png
Connecting You to a World of Ideas
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Books

Michael Blanding: The Map Thief

map_thief.jpg
The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps by Michael Blanding

Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief -- until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. The Map Thief  by Michael Blanding delves into the history of this fascinating high-stakes criminal and the inside story of the industry that consumed him.

In true stranger-than-fiction fashion, Blanding has pieced together an unforgettable story of high-stakes crime.