A Rum Affair

A Rum Affair
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Publisher : Casemate Publishers
Total Pages : 298
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ISBN-10 : 9780857909060
ISBN-13 : 0857909061
Rating : 4/5 (60 Downloads)

Book Synopsis A Rum Affair by : Karl Sabbagh

Download or read book A Rum Affair written by Karl Sabbagh and published by Casemate Publishers. This book was released on 2016-07-07 with total page 298 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A true story of a Scottish isle, an eminent professor, a lie, and an amateur botanist who saw the truth, by the author of Antisemitism Wars. In the 1940s, the eminent British botanist John Heslop Harrison proposed a controversial theory: that vegetation on the islands off the west coast of Scotland had survived the last Ice Age. His premise flew in the face of what most botanists believed—that no plants had survived the 10,000-year period of extreme cold. But Heslop Harrison had proof: the plants and grasses found on the isle of Rum. Harrison didn’t anticipate, however, an amateur botanist called John Raven, who boldly questioned whether these grasses were truly indigenous to the area, or whether they had been transported there. This is the story of what happened when a tenacious amateur set out to find out the truth, and how he uncovered a most extraordinary fraud. Praise for A Rum Affair “A breezy ride . . . informative and amusing.” —Washington Post Book World “An exciting scientific detective story.” —Times Literary Supplement


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