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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun But All Over The Map, December 27, 2012
This review is from: On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks (Hardcover)
On the Map is a very readable, entertaining look at the history of cartography and the use of maps with today's technological advancements. The book's target audience is very wide which means the writing style is casual and a vast array of subjects are discussed, including the maps of Ptolemy and Grand Theft Auto. Garfield almost always reproduces the particular map he is discussing, but these images are grayscale and often cropped, so you will probably want to view the maps online instead.

I read the first eight chapters straight through and the historical development of mapmaking was well covered. After that though, the book became a series of largely unrelated chapters that profiled individual mapmakers, traders, explorers, thieves, etc. The short "Pocket Map" sections emphasize the lack of cohesion in the last 3/4 of the book. The good news is that because the later chapters are standalone stories, a reader can easily skip past any uninteresting chapters without losing any broader understanding of the book or missing important information. This makes a long book much shorter and more enjoyable for most readers.
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Initial post: Dec 28, 2012 7:26:12 AM PST
Lorry says:
Dear Mr. Sharp,
You wrote that "you will probably want to view the maps online instead." Are links to these maps part of the book or would we use search engines to track them down?
Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012 1:42:15 PM PST
Search engine. There is no official database associated with the book but Google images will have everything.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2013 8:39:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 9, 2013 8:45:44 AM PDT
deirdra says:
The Acknowledgements recommend two websites: www davidrumsey-dot-com and maphistory-dot-info
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