100 New Ways to See the World
Review posted August 29, 2020.
The Experiment, 2019. Originally published in the UK. 192 pages.
Review written July 29, 2020, from a library book
2020 Sonderbooks Standout:
#9 General Nonfiction
This book is a collection of maps from the author’s website, brilliantmaps.com. As the subtitle suggests, these maps are able to help you see the world in a different way. Most of the maps shine a spotlight on one aspect of the world and make you see that aspect differently.
The 100 maps are broken into 9 chapters: People and Populations; Politics, Power, and Religion; Culture and Customs; Friends and Enemies; Geography; History; National Identity; Crime and Punishment; and Nature.
Some of the maps you might consider silly – for example, longest place names, countries whose flags contain red or blue, and world plug and socket maps – others more serious, such as Homicide rates: Europe vs. the U. S.
Some maps I enjoyed included Probability of a White Christmas map (except that the probability is low where I live); European countries that have invaded Poland; How the North American population fits into Europe; and Countries without McDonalds.
This book is well titled. Yes, these maps are brilliant. Yes, you are sure to enjoy them if you have a curious mind.