Thrower restricts himself to fairly traditional ideas of what constitutes a "map". So he briefly discusses maps of the Moon and Mars and animated maps, but he doesn't cover representations of spatial information without a geographical basis — such things as anatomical sections (Feynman's "map of the cat") or wiring diagrams. He even describes raised globes and terrain models as "hardly classified as maps". Taking this approach in such a short volume is easy to understand, however.
Though the lack of colour hurts a bit, Maps and Civilization is well provided with black and white halftones. The appendices include a table of projections, a list of isograms (would you believe that an isohalaz connects points with equal intensity of hailstorms?), and a general glossary; detailed endnotes provide more technical material and references.
Maps and Civilization is a simple and unpretentious volume, but one that is informative, attractive, and readable. If you are after a quick introduction to the history of cartography, look no further.