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Getting there is half the fun. As the man who holds the record for longest winning streak ever on Jeopardy!, it's fair to say that Ken Jennings comes by his geek cred honestly; so you can be sure he's qualified to describe the joys that come from geekery of the cartological kind. Maphead gets neck deep in the nitty gritty of maps and the glorious geeks who love them, but while it's overflowing with fascinating information and illustrations, it's much more than a reference book. Even if you don't share the game-show icon's obsession, you'll still be dazzled by his description of the way map-making has altered our everyday lives.