Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks 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 youre an inveterate map lover yourselfor even if youre among the cartographically clueless who can get lost in a supermarketlet Ken Jennings be your guide to the strange world of mapheads


About the Author: Ken Jennings

Ken Jennings was an anonymous Salt Lake City software engineer in 2004 when he became a nerd folk icon almost overnight via his record breaking six month streak on the TV quiz show Jeopardy In his 75 appearances on the show, Ken won 74 games and 2.52 million, both American game show records Barbara Walters named him one of the ten most fascinating people of the year The Christian Science Monitor called him the king of Trivia Nation and Slate magazine dubbed him the Michael Jordan of trivia, the Seabiscuit of geekdom ESPN The Magazine called him smarmy and punchable, with the personality of a hall monitor, thus continuing America s long national struggle between jocks and nerds.Since his Jeopardy streak ended, Ken has become a best selling author His books include Brainiac, about the phenomenon of trivia in American culture, Ken Jennings s Trivia Almanac, the biggest American trivia book ever assembled, and Maphead, about his lifelong love of geography His latest book is Because I Said So The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down Its Kids.Ken currently lives outside Seattle, Washington, with his wife Mindy, his son Dylan and daughter Caitlin, and a deeply unstable Labrador retriever named Banjo Forinformation, visit www.ken jennings.com.


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