- Publisher: Unknown; 1ST edition (2007)
- ASIN: B001J8QOQQ
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,653,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
I was pleasantly surprised at the range of information covered in this biography.
If you know Heather P. Ewing personnal, you'll see that she is very inspirated and full of positivity, beleving in what she is doing.
If you like 17th century types and the whole revolutionary milieu, this is a good read.
As a member of the Smithsonian "faculty" for more than 40 years, I was never aware of the intellectual context for Smithson's mysterious gift to the United States. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wilton S Dillon
The book profiles the life of James (Macie) Smithson in the latter 18th century and early 19th century. Read morePublished 4 months ago by mjrg
A lot is not known about Smithson's life. It's a fascinating story overall and a good book but the author has to work the existing material a little too hard.Published 7 months ago by cbarker65
Very nice recounting of the life and actions of Smithson, as the scientist and the person, and his ingenious and magnanimous bequest that created the Smithsonian, an edifice of... Read morePublished on December 5, 2009 by Frederica Darema