Contributor biographical information for Measuring America : how an untamed wilderness shaped the United States and fulfilled the promise of democracy / Andro Linklater.


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Andro Linklater was born in Scotland and educated at Oxford University where he studied history. For several years he lived in the United States, working variously in politics and and the art, but returned to Britain to teach in Scotland and London. For the past twenty years he has been a full-time writer and journalist.

Andro has written extensively for a wide range of magazines and newspapers, including The Spectator, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Reader's Digest and Daily Mail. Assignments have taken him to many parts of the world including Patagonia, the South Pacific and the Arctic Circle. He has written frequently on science and technology, notably a major report on Chernobyl for the Telegraph Magazine, and an early investigation of genetic engineering for the Reader's Digest. His book reviews have appeared regularly in The Spectator, The Sunday Times and The Guardian.

Of Measuring America, he says “Like most visitors to the United States, it was the shape of the place I first fell in love with — the spectacular grid of city blocks, the squared-off, American Gothic farms, and the long, straight, section roads that caught the imagination of Kerouac and every drive-movie director you can think of. During the time I lived there, I never questioned why this should be so, it simply seemed American. Since then, however, I have returned frequently as a visitor and each time I came back, it always struck me as utterly astonishing that such a coherent pattern could have occurred across a 3000 mile-wide continent. How did it happen? Who shaped this gigantic land? Measuring America is my attempt to answer those questions.”



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
United States -- Geography.
United States -- Surveys -- History.
United States -- Territorial expansion.
National characteristics, American.
Public lands -- United States -- History.
Frontier and pioneer life -- United States.
Ohio River Valley -- Geography.
Ohio River Valley -- Surveys -- History.
Surveying -- United States -- History.
Surveyors -- United States -- History.