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The Island of Lost Maps by Miles Harvey
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Jun 10, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction-history
Recommended to Jeffrey by: National Public Radio
Recommended for: map lovers
Read from June 10 to 18, 2011 — I own a copy , read count: 2

Around my house we have a sense that any book containing a map must be at least okay and probably wonderful. I don't think my wife or I ever mentioned this idea to our daughter, but one day she told me, "you know, Daddy, if a book has a map in it, I know I am going to like it." Okay, so maybe it is not the best way to judge a book, but it sure is a tempting generalization. Maps hold such wonder. I can look at topo maps or road atlases for hours. And with today's technology, who can resist wasting untold amounts of time on Google Earth?

For people like us that love maps, The Island of the Lost Maps is a must read. As the subtitle says it is a story of cartographic crime, but it is also a fascinating and highly readable study of the history, cultural impact, and psychological symbolism of maps. Amazing story and exploration.

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