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Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

by Ken Jennings

ISBN: 9781439167182
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Record-setting Jeopardy! champion and New York Times bestselling author of Planet Funny Ken Jennings explores the world of maps and map obsessives, "a literary gem" ( The Atlantic ). 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.

Author Biography

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.

Product Details

Author
Ken Jennings
Short Title
MAPHEAD
Pages
276
Publisher
Scribner Book Company
Language
English
ISBN-10
1439167184
ISBN-13
9781439167182
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Illustrations
Yes
Residence
US
Year
2012
Publication Date
2012-04-17
Subtitle
Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks
Audience
General/Trade