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    Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks (CD-Audio) By (author) Ken Jennings, Narrator Kirby Heyborne

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    DescriptionIt comes as no surprise that, as a kid, "Jeopardy!" legend Ken Jennings slept with a bulky Hammond world atlas by his pillow every night. "Maphead" recounts his lifelong love affair with geography and explores why maps have always been so fascinating to him and to fellow enthusiasts everywhere. Jennings takes listeners 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. He 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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    Title
    Maphead
    Subtitle
    Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ken Jennings, Narrator Kirby Heyborne
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 165 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781452604374
    ISBN 10: 1452604371
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T14.0
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    BIC subject category V2: GBGM
    DC22: 912
    LC subject heading:
    Abridged Dewey: 912
    B&T General Subject: 141
    Ingram Subject Code: JN
    Libri: I-JN
    BISAC V2.8: REF023000, REF002000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI030000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 54110
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: TEC048000
    LC classification: GA105.3 .J46 2011C
    Thema V1.0: RGXB
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    27 September 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Ken Jennings, best known as the winner of seventy-four games on the television show "Jeopardy!," is the bestselling author of "Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs" and "Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac." Kirby Heyborne, an accomplished actor, musician, and comedian, has received a number of "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and has narrated such titles as "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist" by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, "Black Swan Green" by David Mitchell, and "The Genius" by Jesse Kellerman.
    Review quote
    "[Jennings is] alive to the larger meaning of maps as they overlay knowledge, desire, and aspiration onto the mute reality of terrain. The result is a delightful mix of lore and reportage that illuminates the longing to know where we are." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review