The author of Mauve and Just My Type, Simon Garfield returns with a delightfully enlightening and entertaining treatise sure to put cartography on the literary map. Where would we be without maps? How would we travel? Could we own land? What would men and women argue about in cars? From ancient explorers' maps to global positioning technology on our smartphones, and even maps intended for metaphysical realms, Garfield explores the unique way that maps relate to and realign our history, and investigates the theory that mapping—not language—is what first elevated us above our fellow primates.
"Mr. Garfield uses cartography as a springboard to similar explorations of how we have viewed not only the world around us, but ourselves."—NYJournal of Books
"His droll humor and infectious curiosity will keep readers engrossed as he uncovers surprising ways in which maps chart our imaginations as much as they do the ground underfoot."—Publishers Weekly