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Lost Rights : The Misadventures of a Stolen American Relic

ISBN: 9780547520216 | 0547520212
Edition: Reprint
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pub. Date: 6/8/2011

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Near the close of the Civil War, as General Sherman blazed his path to the sea, an unknown infantryman rifled through the North Carolina state house.The soldier was hunting for simple Confederate mementosmaps, flags, official correspondencebut he wound up discovering something far more valuable. He headed home to Ohio with one of the touchstones of our republic: one of the fourteen original copies of the Bill of Rights. Lost Rightsfollows that document's singular passage over the course of 138 years, beginning with the Indiana businessman who purchased the looted parchment for five dollars, then wending its way through the exclusive and shadowy world of high-end antiquitiesa world populated by obsessive archivists, oddball collectors, forgers, and thieves and ending dramatically with the FBI sting that brought the parchment back into the hands of the government. For fans ofThe Billionaire's VinegarandThe Lost Painting,Lost Rightsis "a tour de force of antiquarian sleuthing" (Hampton Sides).

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