Map & Road Atlas Books

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

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.

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Michelin North America Road Atlas 2012 (Michelin Road Atlas)

Michelin’s spiral-bound atlas offers a unique tiled format for easy reference and trip planning. Lots of helpful road trip information is inside: 1000+ travel center locations for convenience during the journey, a newly revised scenic drives section to inspire new travels, and mapping arranged geographically, providing context and continuity as a natural complement to GPS systems and online driving directions. Bonus index includes 2000+ national, state and provincial parks with GPS and map page coordinates. Take to the road with confidence with Michelin’s deluxe atlas.

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AAA Road Atlas 2012 (Aaa North American Road Atlas)

Fully updated for 2012, the AAA Road Atlas features exceptional readability with crisp colors, clearly marked points of interest and same-page indexing. The atlas offers comprehensive coverage of the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with more indexed cities and towns than any other road atlas. Specialty maps help travelers navigate the back roads of some of the most popular national parks and tourist areas.

 

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