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By Ken Jennings

Record-setting Jeopardy! champion and New York occasions bestselling writer Ken Jennings explores the area of maps and map obsessives, “a literary gem” (The Atlantic) now on hand in paperback.

Ken Jennings takes readers on an international travel of geogeeks from the London Map reasonable to the bowels of the Library of Congress, from the prepubescent geniuses on the nationwide Geographic Bee to the pc programmers at Google Earth. every one bankruptcy delves right into a varied point of map tradition: highpointing, geocaching, highway atlas rallying, even the “unreal property” charted at the maps of fiction and myth. Jennings additionally considers the ways that cartography has formed our background, suggesting that the impulse to make and browse maps is as appropriate this present day because it has ever been.

From the “Here be dragons” parchment maps of the Age of Discovery to the spinning globes of grade institution to the postmodern revolution of electronic maps and GPS, Maphead is choked with interesting information, enticing anecdotes, and enlightening research. If you’re an inveterate map lover yourself—or whether you’re one of the cartographically clueless who can wander away in a supermarket—let Ken Jennings be your advisor to the unusual global of mapheads.

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