CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
Aug. 9, 2007 – A book signing is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, for Dr. Joseph Werne’s The Imaginary Line: A History of the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey, 1848-1857.
Werne is a professor of history at Southeast Missouri State University. The book signing will be held at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Cape Girardeau. Werne’s book has been published by Texas Christian University Press in Forth Worth.
In the book, Werne addresses the actual tracing of the boundary following the war of 1846-1848. In addition to the scientific survey itself, Werne brings forth the trials and tribulations of the men in the field as they faced scarcity of water in the desert, attacks by the Apache, rattlesnakes in their camp, outbreaks of scurvy and the lack of support from their governments due to political intrigue in Washington and Mexico City.