Off the Map: The Curious Histories of Place-Names
Off the Map: the curious histories of place-names by Derek Nelson is a well-researched but not especially engaging overview of the political, social, and cultural effect of cartographic naming conventions. As other reviewers have pointed out, and I agree, Nelson has not written a history as such but more of a general reference guide that brings together facts and events without much connective tissue in the text. Too bad as I think he has a good idea here and an editor that insisted on a close...more
This is a fun book and has lots of interesting info--but it's not particularly well organized. I enjoyed reading it but didn't like that the author doesn't site specific sources for individual facts (after complaining that other authors take too many liberties with the histories of place-names).
I would not recommend this book. Although parts were moderately interesting, the author disputes himself in place ...more
It contains lots of maps ...more
I would recommend this to anyone who has ever stared at a map and wondered about how places must have gotten their names.
My one negative comment would be as to the quality reproduction of the maps that Derek included in the body of his text. If th ...more