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Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2011 Ken Jennings, best known for his epic winning streak on Jeopardy! in 2004, returns to the writing world with Maphead, a charming, funny, and of course, informational book about the world of maps and the people who love them. Even if maps are not your thing, Jennings writes about them with such affection and humor that the topic becomes fascinating; the clever captions for the maps in the book alone are worth the read (the first map in the book compares shapes of places that were “separated at birth” and are therefore soul mates. Included: Lake Michigan and Sweden). From the politics of geocaching to the ups and downs of the contestants participating in the National Geographic Bee (which, according to Alex Trebek, should have its own prime-time show like the spelling bee), Jennings captures the excitement and wonder of places. --Caley Anderson
“I admit—I’m a geographic klutz, constantly turned around the wrong way. But I never felt lost for a moment inside Maphead. Forget new worlds: Jennings’s charming, witty account reveals a whole other universe.” —Sam Kean, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Disappearing Spoon
“Ken Jennings offers an engaging excursion through the worlds of map making, map collecting, and map use. If you enjoy maps, don't miss it.”—Mark Monmonier, author of How to Lie with Maps
"A literary gem . . . Whether you're a casual cartography ogler or a hardcore geography geek, Maphead will whisk you away into a wonderland that exists where two of the greatest horizons of the human condition, humor and curiosity, converge."--The Atlantic
Best and most intriguing book I've read in a long time. I love how the author has organized the book and the different facets of "mappiness" that he explores, from the... Read morePublished 9 days ago by MBHK
got here fast! nothing missing or damaged! great book for a GIS class!Published 1 month ago by amber greer
Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks As noted by another reviewer, this book is primarily text and is not filled with maps and charts. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Don Childrey
Great airport book. Read it.Published 1 month ago by Just Some Dude Who Buys Stuff on Amazon. A lot.
Interesting subject matter, but could have used some heavy editing. It was a bit rambly and self-indulgent, with frequent anecdotes about the author instead of the subject matter... Read morePublished 3 months ago by jamazon
I wasn't sure what to expect when reading this book, but the cover and the author intrigued me, so I went for it!
Absolutely worth my time. Read more
Just really enjoyable to read, the author has a natural and delightful sense of humor!Published 4 months ago by Yvette L.