Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks (Paperback)

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Part memoir, part history, part sociological exploration of maps and the people who love them, this is wonderfully entertaining! Maps make Ken Jennings happy, and he perfectly shares the joy.

— From Tegan's Picks

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Record-setting Jeopardy champion and New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings explores the world of maps and map obsessives, "a literary gem" (The Atlantic) now available in paperback.

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.

About the Author


Ken Jennings won seventy-four games and $2.52 million on Jeopardy!, both U.S. game show records. His book, Brainiac, about his bizarre Jeopardy! adventures and the phenomenon of trivia in American culture, was a national bestseller. He currently lives outside Seattle, with his family and a deeply unstable Labrador retriever named Banjo.

Praise For…


“Jennings is a very witty, insightful writer and has written an entertaining and educational book about maps and the geeks who obsess over them.” —Pauline Frommer, travel writer and founding editor of Frommers.com



“It’s a fun read that’s not just for wonks.” —The Salt Lake Tribune



“[A] spirited layman’s history of cartography.” ­—Harpers

Product Details
ISBN: 9781439167182
ISBN-10: 1439167184
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publication Date: April 17th, 2012
Pages: 276
Language: English