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Maphead by Ken Jennings
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An interesting look at people obsessed with maps and geography. The author takes a trip to the largest repository of maps in the world, (The Library of Congress) and peruses its rare maps, speaks of his love of atlases, and visits various geeks, nerds and "mapheads" all over the country that do things like climb the highest mountain in every country in the world, or memorize all the interstate highway interchanges or make up their own countries. I did that when I was a kid, too, and made lots of maps to chronicle it all; I did get a twinge of jealousy in the chapter on "Travel Clubs", where the prerequisite for joining is visiting 100 countries. I only got to 49. A little boring when he got to the parts about "technology", but I still love Google Earth.
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