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The One-Cent Magenta: Inside the Quest to Own the Most Valuable Stamp in the World by [Barron, James]
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Editorial Reviews

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“(An) absorbing tale of the rarefied world of high-stakes philately.”
— Library Journal
 
“Delightful.”
—The Washington Post
 
“Quirky and informative.”
—Publishers Weekly
 
“A scintillating foray into ‘what makes something collectible, valuable, and enduring.’”
Kirkus Reviews
 
“This delightful short book is a good bet for readers of nonfiction, especially those who enjoy microhistories.”
Booklist
 
“Exhilarating.”
Seattle Book Review
 
“Interesting…Even without an interest in stamps and their collection, one should find this book worthy of reading as it winds its way through the years and the various intrigues and machinations which characterize this singular and valuable item.”
—New York Journal of Books

“The voyage into Stamp World is like the world itself: detailed, ruminative and filled with arcane detours ultimately leading to a destination whose rewards are subtle yet satisfying.”
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
 
“Barron’s layered, complex genealogy-of-motivations for the stamp’s suitors becomes the narrative’s yeasty and compelling attraction.”
—Washington Independent Review of Books

“Compelling.”
—The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, OH)
 

About the Author

James Barron is a reporter on the metropolitan staff of the New York Times. He wrote the timeline summaries for <>The New York Times: The Complete Front Pages: 1851-2008 and is the author of Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand.

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  • File Size: 731 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1616205180
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books (March 7, 2017)
  • Publication Date: March 7, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01JKHTMZM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,136 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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