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Off the Map: The Curious Histories of Place-Names
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December 1, 2011
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January 6, 2012
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Ralph McEwen
I found the book a little dry. For a small book it covered a lot and the topic is dry. I am left feeling that all maps should come with a disclaimer that all sizes are approximated and names should be verified before traveling. There are some humorous stories and a lot of interesting facts (at least I hope they are facts). I was some what bothered finding out that even modern maps are subject to political pressure and suffer for it. It is said that history is written by the winners and I guess t ...more
Nov 04, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: theme-1
This book is extremely unorganized. The author skips to different geographic places every paragraph, and there is no rhyme or reason for the sudden change. The book does not flow well, and does not seem to have a point, just that many place names have odd origins that don't make sense unless the roots are traced back, and that maps are extremely dependent on who it was that made them.

I would not recommend this book. Although parts were moderately interesting, the author disputes himself in place
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: geography
Meh. One good thing about this book it is much shorter than Moby Dick.
Dec 31, 2012 marked it as to-read
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Brian Jones
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Kristy Cross
Jan 03, 2012 marked it as to-read
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Rachelle DeMunck
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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