The Handy Geography Answer Book

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From discovering why every map is distorted to why Rhode Island is called an island even though it's not, this comprehensive reference simplifies geography in an approachable questionandanswer format. All aspects of the discipline are covered, including physical, economic, political, and cultural geography. Questions answered include Who carved Mount Rushmore? What is the average life expectancy in Japan? and What were the seven wonders of the ancient world? Ideal for students and teachers, this resource is for ...
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Overview


From discovering why every map is distorted to why Rhode Island is called an island even though it's not, this comprehensive reference simplifies geography in an approachable questionandanswer format. All aspects of the discipline are covered, including physical, economic, political, and cultural geography. Questions answered include Who carved Mount Rushmore? What is the average life expectancy in Japan? and What were the seven wonders of the ancient world? Ideal for students and teachers, this resource is for all those curious about our world.
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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual
The book itself operates like a trivia game with a myriad number of questions loosely arranged under each topic. The book is recommended for public libraries and anyone with a casual interest in geography.
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"The book itself operates like a trivia game with a myriad number of questions loosely arranged under each topic. The book is recommended for public libraries and anyone with a casual interest in geography."— American Reference Books Annual

"Owing to the question-and-answer format, the index becomes the essential ready-reference key to accessing specific information. Otherwise, Patrons can just get comfy and enjoy a trivia-fest. This book is well suited for school libraries and YA collections in public libraries."— Library Journal

"Answers over 1000 basic questions on geography that focus on the physical dimensions of our planet, climate patterns, water and ice, hazards and natural disasters, transportation, political and cultural geography, calendars and seasons, exploration and specific content for each continent."— Reference and Research Book News

"Reader-friendly. Leads the geographically illiterate along to a better understanding of what happened where and why. A great reference."— San Antonio Express-News

"The book helpfully contains answers to timely questions generally not covered in a geography book such as "How can GPS keep me from getting lost?" There is a wealth of information in this resource that is of value for study in both social and natural sciences."— VOYA

"An interesting, quick reference book . . . A friendly way to make geography fun."— Christian Library Journal

From the Publisher

"Patrons can just get comfy and enjoy a trivia-fest. This book is well suited for school libraries and YA collections in public libraries."  —Library Journal

"The book helpfully contains answers to timely questions generally not covered in a geography book such as How can GPS keep me from getting lost? There is a wealth of information in this resource that is of value for study in both social and natural sciences."  —VOYA

"Answers over 1000 basic questions on geography that focus on the physical dimensions of our planet, climate patterns, water and ice, hazards and natural disasters, transportation, political and cultural geography, calendars and seasons, exploration and specific content for each continent."  —Reference and Research Book News

"Reader-friendly. Leads the geographically illiterate along to a better understanding of what happened where and why. A great reference."  —San Antonio Express-News

"A fascinating read even for those who don't need to work with geography, The Handy Geography Answer Book is worthwhile to browse for fun or profit."  —Midwest Book Review

"The book itself operates like a trivia game with a myriad number of questions loosely arranged under each topic. The book is recommended for public libraries and anyone with a casual interest in geography."  —American Reference Books Annual

"An interesting, quick reference book . . . A friendly way to make geography fun."  —Christian Library Journal

Library Journal
Patrons can just get comfy and enjoy a trivia-fest. This book is well suited for school libraries and YA collections in public libraries.
Reference and Research Book News
Answers over 1000 basic questions on geography that focus on the physical dimensions of our planet, climate patterns, water and ice, hazards and natural disasters, transportation, political and cultural geography, calendars and seasons, exploration and specific content for each continent.
The Midwest Book Review
A fascinating read even for those who don't need to work with geography, The Handy Geography Answer Book is worthwhile to browse for fun or profit.
VOYA - Marilyn Brien
Encapsulating the world in one volume is a monumental task. The format of the book with packaged questions for students is not one of this reviewer's favorites, but the large section devoted to the key statistics for 195 countries of the world based upon the CIA's World Factbook, however, stands out. The other chapters give general information about the physical world as well as political and cultural geography followed by separate chapters on regions of the world. A group of black-and-white maps precede the index. The book helpfully contains answers to timely questions generally not covered in a geography book such as "How can GPS keep me from getting lost?" or "Who is an ayatollah?" or "What is Bollywood?" There is a mixture of historical and current information for each region covered. An anecdote about how a map stopped cholera relates mapping to health. Terms include balkanization, fjord, monsoon, apartheid, and Reich. Captain Cook and Osama bin Laden are two persons included. There is a wealth of information in this resource that is of value for study in both social and natural sciences. Reviewer: Marilyn Brien
Library Journal
Rosenberg, a geographer and author of the 1999 edition of this publication, is joined for this new edition by Tucci, a software development manager, investment banker, world traveler, lecturer, and author of Traveling Everywhere to present a wealth of geographical information for the general reader. More than 1000 questions and answers grouped by topics and regions of the world are followed by a gazetteer of 195 countries listed in A-to-Z order, including Kosovo. Entries include statistics, geographical, political, and cultural information taken from the CIA World Factbook. Owing to the question-and-answer format, the index becomes the essential ready-reference key to accessing specific information. Otherwise, patrons can just get comfy and enjoy a trivia-fest. BOTTOM LINE Intended for the geographical neophyte, this book is well suited for school libraries and YA collections in public libraries. A similar resource for consideration is The Complete Idiot's Guide to Geography (Alpha, 2007. 3d ed.), which includes flags with its country-by-country information.—Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Sys., Ft. Pierce, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578592159
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: The Handy Answer Book Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 450
  • Sales rank: 408,087
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Paul A. Tucci is the chief operating officer and a partner at iwerk, inc., an innovative software developer and IT services corporation. Throughout his business career he has traveled to more than half of the countries in the world. He is the author of Traveling Everywhere: How to Survive a Global Business Trip. He lives in Birmingham, Michigan.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Decent book on geography

    Great book and can be a starter reading book for geography bee

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    The questions and answers are great, but . . . .

    I bought this to update my knowledge of our world's newly named countries. Also I do have a lot of questions about geography and felt this book would be an excellent resource. I checked out the free sample and it convienced me to purchase the book, maps unseen. The free sample is always the first part of the book. The maps are in the back, they are in gray tones AND CAN NOT be enlarged. It makes it very difficult to make out where one country starts and another begins. What a BIG disappoinrment ! ! ! This is not the first time Barnes & Noble has done this. Read any reviews on their available "Calorie counting books", or diet books. It is always the downfall. I would hope some human would check out this and see the print would be extremely difficult to read. Please get it together.

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