Measurement Before The Metric System

by Randy Bancroft

This is an experiment. After working on a book about the history of the metric system in the US for almost six years, it has become obvious, that despite some small interest by one or two literary agents, of the thousand or so I’ve contacted over the years, that my work will not be accepted and published by a publishing house any time soon. I’m not inexperienced at looking for a publisher, and finding one willing to publish textbooks, but a trade book is a different animal these days.

I established a Patreon page as an alternative to finally wooing a literary agent. I plan to publish one chapter every other month of my book Death By A Thousand Cuts: A Secret History of The Metric System in The United States.  I am relying on readers who find this work valuable, to contribute to my Patreon page. It appears that in this age of the internet, this may be the only alternative for some writers.

Death By A Thousand Cuts has not been professionally copy-edited. I’ve done the best I can myself without the resources to employ one. I want to acknowledge Amy Young for reading and making useful suggestions of my early chapter drafts. The monograph is released only for non-commercial use. The copyright remains with the author.

I will post the first two pages of each chapter, and then a link below it pointing to a PDF of the entire chapter. Without further prose, here is Chapter 1:

Here is all of Chapter 1 – 2018-06-11

The entire book may be downloaded with this link:

Death By 1000 Cuts Full Monograph 2020-06-05

Please support this work by visiting the Metric Maven’s Patreon page.