Maphead

Maphead

Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

Pre-loaded Audiobook - 2011
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Maphead recounts Ken Jennings' lifelong love affair with geography and explores why maps have always been so fascinating to him and to fellow enthusiasts everywhere. Jennings takes listeners on a world tour of geogeeks, from the London Map Fair to the bowels of the Library of Congress to the computer programmers at Google Earth. From road atlas rallying to the "unreal estate" charted on the maps of fiction and fantasy, Jennings delves into map culture in all its varieties and considers the ways in which cartography has shaped our history.
Publisher: [Solon, Ohio] : Playaway Digital Audio : [Manufactured and distributed by] Findaway World, LLC, [2011], p2011
Edition: Unabridged
Description: 1 sound media player (11 hr.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in
ISBN: 9781615878901
1615878904
Branch Call Number: SWPL 912 Jen

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JCLJoyceM Sep 14, 2016

Jennings discusses our map-impaired society. People don't go outside as much as they used too; therefore, they see little need to know where places are. His assertion that kids today know more Pokemon animals than real animals is even more true, given the recent PokemonGo craze. He goes behind the scenes of the National Geography Bee and into the world of obsessed geocache enthusiasts.

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raineyspal
Jun 24, 2016

Informative AND entertainingly funny! A perfect combination for a nonfiction book.

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KathiT
Aug 08, 2012

Quirky book about Jennings obsession with maps, shared with many others it seems. Interesting perspective on how digital mapping may change our world. Worth a read, though not gripping writing.

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