"[A] rewarding journey for the intellectually intrepid."
"If there's a single takeaway from this fascinating and richly illustrated book, it's that mapmaking is perennially contentious."
--The Daily Beast
"A stimulating and thought-provoking study of how the mixing of science, politics, and even religion influenced and continues to influence cartography."
"This history of 12 epoch-defining maps--including Google's--is a revelation... Brotton offers an excellent guide to understanding these influential attempts at psychogeographical transcendence."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Maps allow the armchair traveler to roam the world, the diplomat to argue his points, the ruler to administer his country, the warrior to plan his campaigns and the propagandist to boost his cause. In addition, they can be extraordinarily beautiful... All these facets are represented in British historian Jerry Brotton's rich "A History of the World in 12 Maps.""
--Wall Street Journal
"Author Jerry Brotton's book dips into maps spanning millenia of human experience, from Ptolemy's Geography (circa 150 AD) all the way up to Google Earth, the dynamic, increasingly omnipresent Internet Age way that we answer the age-old question "Where am I?" ...Along the way, he finds some marvelous things."
--Christian Science Monitorshow more