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4.0 out of 5 stars
A historical and intellectual delight, 21 Jun 2002
This book is not a coffee-table book full of beautiful maps - rather this is a book which skilfully and eloquently covers the history of mapmaking from primitive ancient charts to modern satellite-aided mapping of other worlds. Like good popular science books, 'The Mapmakers' enlightens the reader about the evolution of mapmaking, often at quite a technical level, without ever resorting to condescending prose or losing the reader with jargon. And best of all, it is richly embellished with historical detail. Mapmakers have been amongst the world's greatest adventurers, and the tales of bravery and hardship, all in the name of mapmaking, are as exciting as any. I heartily recommend this book to anyone with an interest in maps and the human drama which has accompanied their creation through the ages.