Map Stories: The Art of Discovery

Ilex. Nov. 2016. 176p. maps. index. ISBN 9781781573778. $29.99. TRAV
Chilean travel writer Mattéoli (World Tour; American Hotel Stories), the author of numerous articles in National Geographic and Condé Nast Traveler magazines, chronicles trips—hers and others'—to Angkor Wat, Madagascar, China, Route 66, and even one to find the Loch Ness Monster. Sections such as "Lost Cities," "Wild Lands," and "From Train to Train" include an article on the place in question, recounting the author's experiences there as well as some details about its past, and are each accompanied by a large color historical map of the area. While the writing is informative, it is often rather flat, and the maps are oversaturated and sometimes overenlarged, which can make them appear cartoonish.
VERDICT For more enjoyable travel writing, try National Geographic's Journeys Home: Inspiring Stories, Plus Tips and Strategies To Find Your Family History; for better history in maps, suggest The Times History of the World in Maps.
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