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The Island of Lost Maps by Miles Harvey
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Feb 19, 10

bookshelves: maps, geography
Read from February 08 to 19, 2010

I had meant to read this book years ago, and then had forgotten about it. Donna recommended it to me a short while back. I'm glad she did.

Overall, I like the approach that Harvey takes, interweaving the story of a notorious map thief with the history of cartography and exploration, and wrapping his whole journalistic exploration of the thief in terms of maps and journeys. And libraries play a prominent role.

I will say, though, that I was amazed how much life has changed in the last decade. This book was written 10 years ago, and its descriptions of "new" efforts like mapping the sea floor and the human genome seem almost quaint. Has so much happened since then?


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