Ken Jennings’ “Maphead”

It’s been a little while since I’ve written anything on this blog. However, I feel compelled to write something geography related after finishing Ken Jennings’ new book “Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks.” Yes, it’s that Ken Jennings, the one from “Jeopardy!”


“Maphead” is a fun, breezy book about the people who take the love of maps, or cartophilia, as Jennings calls it, to incredible levels.

It covers the world of map collecting, geocaching, road sign obsessive “roadgeeks,” National Geography Bee and nerdy world of fake map-makers.

The book has enough to please most non-cartophiles despite a few dry chapters and Jennings’ attempts to show off how smart he is to the reader every once in a while.


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