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On the Map by Simon Garfield
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Dec 10, 12

Read in December, 2012

This was a fun tour of the development of maps over the ages. I really enjoyed its light approach while at the same time looking at many angles. It covers everything from the stories of scoflaws to the development of the math. Anyone that reads this is likely a map lover, but it is not just preaching to the choir about what we know--it provided me with new insight about what maps say about us.
I think it could have done without the brain mapping chapter. Instead, I would have included a chapter on subscription maps like National Geographic (how do they pick their topics?) or, as an engineer, the great resource maps I get with my Oil&Gas subscription :), but that is nitpicking. If you love maps, read it.
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