MapheadPosted: December 24, 2011
Maphead, by Ken Jennings
Ken Jennings, best known for a year spent competing on Jeopardy, is definitely a maphead, and there are lots of us scattered across the globe. Some Americans are ignorant of basic geographic knowledge, but others are fascinated with maps. Some travelers try to visit as many states or countries as possible, other take photos of highway signs, go geocaching with GPS, and collect (or even steal) rare maps. With Jennings, we visit the vast map collection at the Library of Congress, which has helped settle boundary disputes and aided in planning for the D-Day invasion. The significance of maps in fantasy novels is explored with writer Brandon Sanderson, Google Earth is discussed, and we learn about the possible future of maps and geography. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, which makes for lively reading. For more about the book, visit the author’s web site.