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One gives us directions, but a map... A map is a tool that gives us "context".
I read this book after hearing an NPR interview with Ken Jennings; even if you're not a geography buff, it's entertaining, informative and really well written.
I was particularly fascinated by the chapters on the Library of Congress's huge map collection and the Geography Bee.
To read and enjoy such a great book only to realize that one fully qualifies as a "Maphead" oneself is a bit of a shock. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John the Reader
I really liked the first half of the book. I found it fascinating, and I even liked the silly jokes, which seem to fit perfectly with a map "nerd" (loved the ant backpacks... Read morePublished 3 months ago by bonnie_blu
I was really excited to find a book specifically written for weirdos like me who "read" maps and atlases like a book, love to navigate, and have a strange fascination with globes. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Benjamin P. Knight
Great book! I enjoyed Ken's quirky humor, fantastic footnotes and engaging stories. The chapter on GPS and GeoCaching was a hoot! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this. Kept me awake on long drives. The author really exposes you to an eccentricity that I had no exposure to previously.Published 6 months ago by Fan007
A wonderful exploration of maps and map nerds, this is a great read to remind ourselves just how arbitrary yet fascinating some manmade things can be.Published 7 months ago by Brendan Vaughn
This book was bought for my grandson as his 11th birthday gift; later, he was thrilled with the reading, liked the language and the variety of information there; he loves the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jaroslava Mala
This is a wonderful book -- well-written, informative, and fun. We all use maps all the time but I had no idea there was so much to learn about their history -- from the earliest... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sue Seguin