Feb

20

 Ken Jenning's book Maphead: Charting Weird World Geography is a wonderful read, especially if you are into maps and even if you aren't. It introduced us to Geocaching, which is a worldwide phenomenon now, a real treasure hunting experience that the kids love.

The book is good about addressing the true lament of all geographers–geography is NOT just about maps, although he goes into some detail about the market in high value antique maps and the incredible acts of fraud and vandalism that tarnished one of it's best known dealers when Edward Forbes Smiley III was caught stealing from Yale University's rare-book library.

The book is a very quick, fun read and filled with interesting trivia, such as where is the worlds largest island on a lake on an island on a lake on an island.


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