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4.0 out of 5 stars
Don't be put off by the negative reviews, 26 Feb. 2011
I almost didn't buy this book because of some of the reviews on here, but after finding it on a friend's bookshelf and getting hooked when browsing I'm glad I finally did get it.
No, the book is not a complete history of maps - it is a conversational book filled with interesting and unusual facts and stories about all kinds of maps, from OS to A-Z. Yes, some of the chapters do seem to have a bit of a tenuous link to mapping (I struggled to see the relevance of chapter 7: Carto Erotica in particular), but that doesn't make them any less interesting. As for the 'travels with the boyfriend' that many reviewers have marked the book down on, I hardly noticed the references and certainly didn't feel like the book became a personal travel diary.
If you want a really good and light-hearted read, and perhaps to learn something into the bargain, I'd definitely recommend this book. If, however, you want an academically sound history of cartography then this book probably isn't for you.