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On the Map by Simon Garfield
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Feb 01, 13

really liked it
Read from January 12 to February 01, 2013

Interesting description of the Facebook map of connections -- "it was a map of the world made by 500 million cartographers all at once" with each line representing a "friendship made while traveling, a family member abroad, or an old college friend pulled away by the various forces of life"

"On our computers, phones, and cars, we plot a route not from A to B but from ourselves to anywhere of our choosing; every distance is mapped from where we stand, and as we travel we ourselves are mapped, voluntarily or otherwise"

Need to see the "Hereford Mappa Mundi" -- an "extraordinary accumulation of history, myth, and philosophy" that is "frantic -- alive with activity and achievement."

This book reads the way high school history textbooks _should_ read -- as a narrative, with interesting side-notes, anecdotes, inside-scoops, all interspersed with researched facts.

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