Maphead: Charting The Wide, Weird World Of Geography Wonks
  • Maphead: Charting The Wide, Weird World Of Geography Wonks
  • Maphead: Charting The Wide, Weird World Of Geography Wonks
  • Maphead: Charting The Wide, Weird World Of Geography Wonks
ISBN: 1439167176
EAN13: 9781439167175
Language: English
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 9.3" L x 6.3" W
Weight: 1.05 lbs.
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Record-setting Jeopardy champion and New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings explores the world of maps and map obsessives, a literary gem (The Atlantic) now available in paperback.

Ken Jennings takes readers on a world tour of geogeeks from the London Map Fair to the bowels of the Library of Congress, from the prepubescent geniuses at the National Geographic Bee to the computer programmers at Google Earth. Each chapter delves into a different aspect of map culture: highpointing, geocaching, road atlas rallying, even the unreal estate charted on the maps of fiction and fantasy. Jennings also considers the ways in which cartography has shaped our history, suggesting that the impulse to make and read maps is as relevant today as it has ever been.

From the Here be dragons parchment maps of the Age of Discovery to the spinning globes of grade school to the postmodern revolution of digital maps and GPS, Maphead is filled with intriguing details, engaging anecdotes, and enlightening analysis. If you're an inveterate map lover yourself--or even if you're among the cartographically clueless who can get lost in a supermarket--let Ken Jennings be your guide to the strange world of mapheads.

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   Jennings is not a writer
I was particularly excited to find a book written specifically for strange people like me, who read maps and atlases like a book, love to navigate and have a strange fascination with globes. Sadly, I could not make it past a few chapters of this book. Ken Jennings is not a writer, although a geek at knowing every obscure worldly fact. The worst part is the humor inserted as a lame attempt to make this a lighthearted and fun read. The themes seem to be directionless and mostly contemporary than sensational. I am really sad that I couldn t enjoy this read more. Hopefully I'll skip a few chapters and see if it can still keep my attention. If so, I 'll come back and update this review. The Paperback cover design also has a hole in the shape of a cut off head, which makes it really uncomfortable to hold, because it is right there in the middle where your fingers grip. Sounds funny, but I actually thinks that this matters quite a lot, because you hold this book for hours.
 
5
   Very entretaining like a lot his writing
I first heard about Jenning's latest book by reading an airline magazine. I liked it so much, I had to read them all!
 
5
   fun read
We both enjoyed it really.
 
5
   yeah
Excellant, fun, had no problems, wish i had another and had the money. Or maybe i do, but i need only one. Hi, I am a bit of a geek.
 
5
   Well done.
I enjoyed it very much, though I was a little bored with the last section on caching.
 
5
   Gift for my map guy husband
My husband loves to look at the maps. He enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend it to any other map people out there.
 
3
   Interesting, but needed editing
There is, however, a pleny of map info to satisfy map heads.
 
5
   Absolutely Loved This Book!
Entertaining, informative, fascinating, challenging and enlightening. Very well put together in a sequence that remains interesting and holds interest through all the map and map-related. For everyone, geography gets a very big boost in significance and relevance. It reminded me of a great Bill Bryson book, with thankfully less political leanings. You will not be disappointed! A total of five stars.
 
5
   There are more map nerds than you thought!
This book is a really great personalized disquisition on maps - old maps, the newest maps, and all the ways we use and love them. I hope she 'll love walking through them as much as I have. I'm tempted to buy this book for her parents so that they can understand what an amazing gift I give them to their daughter.
 
4
   Great insights into the minds of map lovers and users.
Overall, great insights on the interests and motivations of those who love maps.
 
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