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Toby Lester
Toby Lester is a contributing editor to and has written extensively for The Atlantic. A former Peace Corps volunteer and United Nations observer, he lives in the Boston area with his wife and three daughters. His first book, The Fourth Part of the World (2009), about the map that gave America its... show more

Toby Lester is a contributing editor to and has written extensively for The Atlantic. A former Peace Corps volunteer and United Nations observer, he lives in the Boston area with his wife and three daughters. His first book, The Fourth Part of the World (2009), about the map that gave America its name, was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Award and was picked as a Book of the Year by several other publications. His second book, Da Vinci's Ghost, about Leonardo's famous drawing of a man in a circle and a square, reached the New York Times extended bestseller list. His work has also appeared on the radio program This American Life.
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Reading Through The World
Reading Through The World rated it 5 years ago
Not what I was expecting, but good. We just saw the exhibit at the Venetian and I wanted to learn more about him. An interesting look into the history of the Vitruvian Man, Leonardo's life, and some of his methods. He had such an interesting, varied mind, and his greatness often got in the way of hi...
Osho
Osho rated it 110 years ago
Received as an ARC a while ago, but I've only just had time to start something so long. So far, so good.*"The fourth part of the world" is America, and the occasion of the LOC's purchase of a map occasioned its writing. Lester is a good writer and keeps the information flowing.
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