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Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Scribner
Publication date April 17, 2012
Pages 276
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781439167182
ISBN-10 1439167184
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 0.75 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Record-setting Jeopardy! champion and New York Times bestselling author of Planet Funny Ken Jennings explores the world of maps and map obsessives, “a literary gem” (The Atlantic).

Ken Jennings takes readers on a world tour of geogeeks from the London Map Fair to the bowels of the Library of Congress, from the prepubescent geniuses at the National Geographic Bee to the computer programmers at Google Earth. Each chapter delves into a different aspect of map culture: highpointing, geocaching, road atlas rallying, even the “unreal estate” charted on the maps of fiction and fantasy. Jennings also considers the ways in which cartography has shaped our history, suggesting that the impulse to make and read maps is as relevant today as it has ever been.

From the “Here be dragons” parchment maps of the Age of Discovery to the spinning globes of grade school to the postmodern revolution of digital maps and GPS, Maphead is filled with intriguing details, engaging anecdotes, and enlightening analysis. If you’re an inveterate map lover yourself—or even if you’re among the cartographically clueless who can get lost in a supermarket—let Ken Jennings be your guide to the strange world of mapheads.

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Hardcover
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from Scribner (September 20, 2011)
9781439167175 | details & prices | 276 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $25.00
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Paperback
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Reprint edition from Scribner (April 17, 2012)
9781439167182 | details & prices | 276 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $16.00
About: Record-setting Jeopardy!
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781452604374 Book cover for 9781452654379
 
With Kirby Heyborne (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Tantor Media Inc (September 26, 2011)
9781452604374 | details & prices | 6.50 × 5.50 × 1.25 in. | 0.56 lbs | List price $39.99
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With Kirby Heyborne (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Tantor Media Inc (September 26, 2011)
9781452654379 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $29.99
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