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New York Times bestselling author and Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings explores the world of maps and map obsessives.

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It comes as no surprise that, as a kid, Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings slept with a bulky Hammond world atlas by his pillow every night. Maphead recounts his 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, 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. He 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.

"[Jennings is] alive to the larger meaning of maps as they overlay knowledge, desire, and aspiration onto the mute reality of terrain. The result is a delightful mix of lore and reportage that illuminates the longing to know where we are." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Comparisons to Bill Bryson's magnificent A Really Short History of Nearly Everything are entirely apt." ---Booklist

"I admit---I'm a geographic klutz, constantly turned around the wrong way. But I never felt lost for a moment inside Maphead. Forget new worlds: Jennings's charming, witty account reveals a whole other universe." ---Sam Kean, author of The Disappearing Spoon

"Narrator Kirby Heyborne has an immediately likable boy-next-door voice. He reads with a liveliness, amiability, and touch of humor that exactly suit the book." ---AudioFile
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Ken Jennings

Maphead

Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

Author Ken Jennings

Narrated by Kirby Heyborne

Publication date Sep 27, 2011

Running time 11 hrs

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