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Maphead by Ken Jennings
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Apr 20, 2012

really liked it
Read in April, 2012

At times, very enlightening, and at times very annoying.

Jennings describes the broad spectrum of people who love maps and everything about them, along with historical and cultural analysis from the Middle Ages through modern times. Visits to the Library of Congress and Rand McNally are just a small part of the importance maps have to many people. Those parts of the book range from the merely enjoyable to the fascinating, and make much of the read worth while.

But every so often he throws in gratuitous social commentary that is disjointed from the rest of the book. This is usually in the form of "people who do XXXX are SOOO stupid and we know better, don't we (wink wink)". If it added to the ebb and flow of the book, it might be forgiven, but they don't and are more distracting than they are helpful.

All in all, a good read, and so much more than just a history of paper, ink and a transit.

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