• [A] fascinating and panoramic new history of the cartographer's art... Brotton's idea of tracing within maps the patterns of human thought is a wonderful one

    Tom Holland, Guardian
  • As this mesmerising and beautifully illustrated book demonstrates, maps have, since ancient times, carried vast symbolic weight ... rich and endlessly absorbing history

    Sinclair McKay, Daily Telegraph
  • An elegant, powerfully argued variation on the theme of knowledge as power and ignorance as powerlessness

    David Horspool, Guardian
  • Rich and adventurous

    John Carey, Sunday Times
  • An achievement of evocation....a fascinating and thought-provoking book

    Anthony Sattin, Literary Review
  • Brotton is acutely sensitive to the social, political and religious contexts which unravel why maps were made, for whom and with what axes to grind

    Robert Mayhew, History Today
  • A highly rewarding study

    Simon Garfield, Mail on Sunday
  • Engrossing reading

    Carl Wilkinson, Financial Times
  • The intellectual background to these images is conveyed with beguiling erudition ... There is nothing more subversive than a map

    Andrew Linklater, Spectator
  • It is a wonderful history, which will delight anyone with an interest in history and geography

    David Wooton, TLS

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