Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks (Playaway Adult Nonfiction)
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Maphead recounts Ken Jennings' 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 to the computer programmers at Google Earth. From road atlas rallying to the "unreal estate" charted on the maps of fiction and fantasy, Jennings delves into map culture in all its varieties and considers the ways in which cartography has shaped our history. Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2011 Ken Jennings, best known for his epic winning streak on Jeopardy! in 2004, returns to the writing world with Maphead, a charming, funny, and of course, informational book about the world of maps and the people who love them. Even if maps are not your thing, Jennings writes about them with such affection and humor that the topic becomes fascinating; the clever captions for the maps in the book alone are worth the read (the first map in the book compares shapes of places that were “separated at birth” and are therefore soul mates. Included: Lake Michigan and Sweden). From the politics of geocaching to the ups and downs of the contestants participating in the National Geographic Bee (which, according to Alex Trebek, should have its own prime-time show like the spelling bee), Jennings captures the excitement and wonder of places. --Caley Anderson
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|Item Size:||5.4 x 1 x 1 inches|
|Package Weight:||0.4 pounds|
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