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On The Map: Why the world looks the way it does

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.

With a historical sweep ranging from Ptolemy to Twitter, Garfield explores the legendary, impassable (and non-existent) mountains of Kong, the role of cartography in combatting cholera, the 17th-century Dutch craze for Atlases, the Norse discovery of America, how a Venetian monk mapped the world from his cell and the Muppets' knack of instant map-travel. Along the way are pocket maps of dragons, Mars, murders and more, with plenty of illustrations and prints to signpost the route.

From the bestselling and widely-adored author of Just My Type, On The Map is a witty and irrepressible examination of where we've been, how we got there and where we're going.

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  • Sissel

    Hi guys, I got moved from the waiting list a day or so ago, and won't have time to read the book before the meeting. Enjoy!

    April 29, 2014

  • Sissel

    Hi guys, I got moved from thr waiting list a day or so ago, and won't have time to read the book before the meeting. Enjoy!

    April 29, 2014

  • Jessie H.

    Sorry,I have to cancel.i am working on May11th.Enjoy the discussion

    April 29, 2014

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