Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks


By (author) Ken Jennings

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  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company
  • Format: Paperback | 276 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 24mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 17 April 2012
  • ISBN 10: 1439167184
  • ISBN 13: 9781439167182
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 80,371

Product description

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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Author information

Ken Jennings won seventy-four games and $2.52 million on "Jeopardy!," both U.S. game show records. His book, "Brainiac," about his bizarre "Jeopardy!" adventures and the phenomenon of trivia in American culture, was a national bestseller. He currently lives outside Seattle, with his family and a deeply unstable Labrador retriever named Banjo.

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"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"