On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, Dec 27, 2012 - Reference - 464 pages
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Cartography enthusiasts rejoice: the bestselling author of Just My Type reveals the fascinating relationship between man and map. Simon Garfield's Just My Type illuminated the world of fonts and made everyone take a stand on Comic Sans and care about kerning. Now Garfield takes on a subject even dearer to our fanatical human hearts: maps. Imagine a world without maps. How would we travel? Could we own land? What would men and women argue about in cars? Scientists have even suggested that mapping?not language?is what elevated our prehistoric ancestors from ape-dom. Follow the history of maps from the early explorers' maps and the awe-inspiring medieval Mappa Mundi to Google Maps and the satellite renderings on our smartphones, Garfield explores the unique way that maps relate and realign our history?and reflect the best and worst of what makes us human. Featuring a foreword by Dava Sobel and packed with fascinating tales of cartographic intrigue, outsize personalities, and amusing ?pocket maps” on an array of subjects from how to fold a map to the strangest maps on the Internet, On the Map is a rich historical tapestry infused with Garfield's signature narrative flair. Map-obsessives and everyone who loved Just My Type will be lining up to join Garfield on his audacious journey through time and around the globe.

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A nice style of writing , and an engaging subject. - Goodreads
The poetical intro by Dava Sobel is the best chapter. - Goodreads
I really like the physical layout of this book. - Goodreads
Not the best writing, but not painful. - Goodreads
Writing is never dull or fasidious. - Goodreads
I anticipate eagerly whatever he's writing about now. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Mirrani - Goodreads

I picked up this book as a part of a challenge to read every Dewey Decimal number in the library. I picked it because out of all of the books on maps and mapping that were available, this one sounded ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carolyn Tiley - Goodreads

Enjoyable and interesting read. Don't expect the heights of academia, but it did make me laugh out loud a couple times Read full review

About the author (2012)

Simon Garfield is the author of several acclaimed books, including "The End of the Innocence: Britain in the Time of AIDS", winner of the Somerset Maugham Award. He lives in London.

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