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The Man Who Couldn't Stop

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The Man Who Couldn’t Stop
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Thursday 15 February at 7.30 pm
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The Red Atlas
The Red Atlas by John Davies
and Alexander J. Kent
is published in hardback by
University of Chicago Press
at £26.50.

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John Davies tells what the Soviet Union did many years before Google got the idea!
John Davies

John Davies
The Red Atlas

How the Soviet Union
Secretly Mapped the World

After the collapse of the Soviet Union an astonishing treasure trove came to light – hundreds of thousands of maps showing in chilling detail countries and cities throughout the world. The story of this amazing cartographic enterprise has never been told… until now!

You may not be surprised to learn that during the Cold War the Soviet Union gathered information about the West. But you may be astonished to discover just how much they knew about London and other British cities – and even about your street or your house.

This is the never-before-told story of the world’s most comprehensive mapping endeavour and, arguably, the world’s most intriguing maps.

John Davies lives in Woodford Green and is a life-long map collector and enthusiast. A retired systems designer, John is editor of Sheetlines, the Journal of The Charles Close Society for the Study of Ordnance Survey Maps.

Alex Kent is Reader in Cartography and Geographical Information Science at Canterbury Christ Church University and is the current President of the British Cartographic Society.

Soviet Upton Park
Soviet map of Upton Park, with Ньюхэма книжный магазин in the centre.

“Belongs in the collection of every map enthusiast and military historian—carefully researched, well-written, and exquisitely designed and printed, it’s perhaps the only recent map history that can be called a real eye-opener.” – Mark Monmonier, author of How to Lie with Maps.

“Utterly fascinating. A must-read for anyone interested in the former Soviet Union or in maps and mapping in general.” – Marina Lewycka, author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian.

“This book is a sheer delight. It also carries huge educational and historical value by introducing the inner workings of the Soviet military topography.” – Vitali Vitaliev, Geographical Journal, October 2017.

Forthcoming events


Wednesday 17 April at 7 pm
at Wilton’s Music Hall
1 Graces Alley, London E1 8JB

5x15 on The Future of Education
with David Kynaston, Priya Lakhani, Alex Beard, Owen Jones,
Melissa Benn and Kate Clanchy

Tuesday 23 April at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Cold War Steve
The Festival of Brexit
in conversation with Martin Rowson

Wednesday 24 April at 7.45 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

David Hepworth
A Fabulous Creation
How the LP Saved Our Lives

Monday 29 April at 7 pm
at Stratford Circus

Carol Ann Duffy
Poetry for the Insect Population
with Andrew McMillan, Matthew Hollis, Imtiaz Dharker, Zaffar Kunial,
Mark Pajak, Hannah Sullivan,
Sean Borodale, Ella Duffy
and Yvonne Reddick

Wednesday 8 May at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

David Adam
The Man Who Couldn’t Stop
and The Genius Within

Friday 10 May at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Pete Brown
Pie Fidelity
In Defence of British Food

Wednesday 29 May at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

David Rosenberg
Rebel Footprints
in conversation with Asad Rehman

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Lucinda Gosling
Shirley Baker and Vintage Britain

Robert Elms
London Made Us
A Memoir of a Shape-Shifting City

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Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

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Suresh Singh
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Duncan Barrett
Hitler’s British Isles

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Kate Thompson
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Regeneration Songs

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Asian Noir:
the new wave of crime fiction

Luke Turner
Out of the Woods

Danny Dorling
Rule Britannia
Brexit and the End of Empire

Doreen Fletcher, Paintings
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Benjamin Zephaniah
The Life and Rhymes
of Benjamin Zephaniah

in conversation with Cilius Victor

Peggy Seeger
First Time Ever

E. Foley and B. Coates
What Would Boudicca Do?

Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

Will Ashon
Chamber Music
Enter the Wu-Tang (in 36 Pieces)

Robin Ince
I’m a Joke and So Are You
A Comedian’s Take on
What Makes Us Human

Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate
The Inking Woman

Iain Sinclair
Living with Buildings

1968 and After:
Culture and Education

An evening with
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Martin Rowson
The Pen is Mightier Than the Word

Ed Vulliamy
When Words Fail

Marcus Sedgwick & Dr Sam George
The Battle of the Books:
Frankenstein v. Dracula

Kenney Jones
Let the Good Times Roll

Ben Okri and special guests
Rise Like Lions

Adam Dant
Maps of London & Beyond

Sarah Ivens
Forest Therapy

Shore 2 Shore
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Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Jackie Kay
and Maura Dooley, with music by John Sampson

Viv Albertine
To Throw Away Unopened

Melanie McGrath
Pie & Mash Down the Roman Road
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James Bloodworth
Hired
Six Months Undercover
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Chris Difford
Full Acoustic Show
Some Fantastic place

Michael Rosen
So They Call You Pisher!

David Hepworth
Uncommon People
The Rise and Fall of the
Rock Stars 1955-1994

Liam Young and Simon Hannah
The Labour Party, past and present

Misha Glenny: McMafia
Seriously Organised Crime

Helen Pankhurst: Deeds Not Words
The Story of Women’s Rights,
Then and Now

Laura James and Jessie Hewitson discuss autism

Literary Natives
Writers of Colour Meet Up

John Davies: The Red Atlas
How the Soviet Union
Secretly Mapped the World

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