The book is not really organised clearly. Instead of having a timeline with significant events, persons or changes in regards to maps, it is at times not logical. I have the feeling the author is asking for a certain level of knowledge before reading the book. A lot of things were mentioned, but not explained. Either leave it out or explain it in detail.
I know everything. O.k. I thought I did about maps. But just like someone having to tell you that you're shoe is untied, this presentation tells the obvious fact that maps hold a key to what makes us human; how did I over look that?
The hard cover come packed with plenty of monochrome maps and pictures of individuals related to maps. The forward by Dava Sobel set the tone for what is to come.
This book in describing maps takes us through all kinds of history but does not have the time to slowdown so the author Simon Garfield is counting on us already having a general knowledge about "42 life the universe and everything", or at least knowledge of people and history, so he can show how maps pull it all together. I feel that I just had an educational survey.
There is a small section on California as an island. I wonder if it was a misconception or a prediction. In any case the Dutch map form 1650 is a nice addition to the book.