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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (484 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Garfield Narrator: Simon Shepherd Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Maps fascinate us. They chart our understanding of the world and they log our progress, but above all they tell our stories. From the early sketches of philosophers and explorers through to Google Maps and beyond, Simon Garfield examines how maps both relate and realign our history.

His compelling narratives range from the quest to create the perfect globe to the challenges of mapping Africa and Antarctica, from spellbinding treasure maps to the naming of America, from Ordnance Survey to the mapping of Monopoly and Skyrim and from rare map dealers to cartographic frauds. En route, there are pocket map tales on dragons and undergrounds, a 19th-century murder map, the research conducted on the different ways that men and women approach a map, and an explanation of the curious long-term cartographic role played by animals. On the Map is a witty, irrepressible examination of where we've been, how we got there, and where we're going.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Larry Cunningham | 2/5/2014

    " This was a highly entertaining exploration of the history and fascination of maps. The usually-dry British humor added to the fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matt | 2/4/2014

    " A very engaging popular history of cartography. Garfield's ever-expanding definition of "maps" makes for a fantastic journey as we travel from the Mappa Mundi to maps of the human brain with stops in the Dark Continent, Antarctica, and even Middle Earth along the way. Even if you have no interest in cartography, this is the history of how we understand and define our world. Garfield effortlessly tells the story of humanity's efforts to fill in the blank spaces on the map, making this a very enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Liz DeCoster | 1/30/2014

    " Enjoyed it on the whole, but it got a little abstract towards the end. I wasn't as interested in mapping the brain as spatial/geographical maps, for example. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tom | 1/29/2014

    " Great Book! A lot of fun information! "

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About the Author
Author Simon Garfield

Simon Garfield is the author of twelve acclaimed books of nonfiction, including The Error World: An Affair with Stamps, Mini: The True and Secret History of the Making of a Motor Car, and Exposure: The Unusual Life and Violent Death of Bob Carlos Clarke. He lives in London and St. Ives, Cornwall.