Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds

Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds

Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds bills itself as a reference book. However, it is much more interesting than that. It contains 100 maps containing intriguing geographic and demographic facts shown on, of course, a map.

For example, there is a map of the world with countries colored based on their percentage of immigrants. Surprisingly, Canada has many more than the US. I also liked that on the average female/male height worldwide maps, it appears cold weather, or being Australian, is correlated with tallness. My overall impression is that except for the snow, Canada is the best country to live in as an expatriate. Maybe global warming will fix that issue.

Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds is an interesting book. However, I would recommend a good knowledge of where different countries are on a world map. Most of the maps do not label the countries. I had to look one up online to realize the big island northeast of Canada was Greenland. I did receive a D in geography in middle school so maybe that is just my problem.

I’m not sure how much of a reread value this book will have. However, it would make a great coffee table or doctor’s waiting room book. It would also be perfect for Guinness Book of Records fans or trivia fans in general. 4 stars!

Thanks to The Experiment and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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