Cover image for All over the map : a cartographic odyssey / Betsy Mason, Greg Miller.
All over the map : a cartographic odyssey / Betsy Mason, Greg Miller.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, 2018

Physical Description:
318 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), maps (chiefly colour) ; 31 cm


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526.09 MAS Book Adult General Collection

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In this visually stunning book, award-winning journalists Betsy Mason and Greg Miller--authors of the National Geographic cartography blog "All Over the Map"--explore the intriguing stories behind maps from a wide variety of cultures, civilizations, and time periods. Based on interviews with scores of leading cartographers, curators, historians, and scholars, this is a remarkable selection of fascinating and unusual maps.

This diverse compendium includes ancient maps of dragon-filled seas, elaborate graphics picturing unseen concepts and forces from inside Earth to outer space, devious maps created by spies, and maps from pop culture such as the schematics to the Death Star and a map of Westeros from Game of Thrones . If your brain craves maps--and Mason and Miller would say it does, whether you know it or not--this eye-opening visual feast will inspire and delight.

Author Notes

BETSY MASON is a science journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously she was the online science editor for Wired , where she built an award-winning science section, the highest-traffic section on the site. Before becoming a journalist, Mason earned a master's degree in geology from Stanford University.

GREG MILLER is a science and tech journalist based in Portland, Oregon. Previously he was a senior writer at Wired and a staff writer at Science , where he won several honors. Miller earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience at Stanford University. He has appeared on public radio's Science Friday to discuss maps and has given talks on a wide variety of cartography-related topics.

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Library Journal Review

Mason and Miller, who run the All over the Map blog, aren't professional cartographers but journalists, and their stance as relative novices who love maps makes this book a wonder. In nine sections, including "Waterways," "Cities," and "Conflict and Crisis," they present the most remarkable and fascinating maps from ancient times to today. Some of the creations, such as maps in the opening section showing Mt. Everest and the course of the Mississippi over the past 6,000 years, are well known and included because of their creators' cartographic mastery. Other entries depict imaginary worlds such as Westeros from the TV show Game of Thrones, inner worlds such as the brain, and political realms including maps of poverty and of voting habits. The hundreds of creations vary from hand-painted early works to satellite images; in every case they are beautifully reproduced and accompanied by extensive details of the technical and artistic decisions involved. VERDICT A must for cartography collections and a wonderful addition to social science and art shelves.-­Henrietta Verma, Credo Reference, Jackson Heights, NY © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.