Recently long-listed for the 2014 National Book Award!
Antopol’s debut book, The UnAmericans, is a stunning story collection that explores characters shaped by the forces of history, from America to Israel to the Soviet Union, in critical moments of the last century.
I’ve always loved maps, but previously knew very little about the history of cartography, so I found this fascinating. While clearly delineating the technical advances of the great cartographers (Ptolemy, Mercator, Cassini, Google Earth, and others) Brotton discusses the political, economic, and/or religious objectives that, to greater or lesser degrees, distort all maps. This is a perfect book for map lovers, history buffs and fans of well-researched general nonfiction.