The Handy Geography Answer Bookby Paul A Tucci, Mathew Todd Rosenberg
Geography is more than just maps and finding your destination. It is about the land, the people on that land, the delicate balance of nature, and our very interdependence upon it, despite the miracles of technology and grocery stores. It’s about the effects of nature on places and people, as well as how politics, borders, cities, and towns affect our lives.… See more details below
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Geography is more than just maps and finding your destination. It is about the land, the people on that land, the delicate balance of nature, and our very interdependence upon it, despite the miracles of technology and grocery stores. It’s about the effects of nature on places and people, as well as how politics, borders, cities, and towns affect our lives. The Handy Geography Answer Book traces the history of geography from Eratosthenes and Alexander von Humboldt to latitude and longitude, and the latest advances in the Global Positioning System (GPS). It provides insights into economic, social, historic, culture, religious, political, and climate geography, plus oceanography, demographics, and more.
Completely revised and updated, it tours the world, its natural features, and the ever-changing mark humans make on our planet, answering 1,200 questions from the trivia (longest, hottest, tallest) to how geography has influenced history, religion, architecture, and the location of cities, including Who first had the idea that there is a magnetic North Pole? What is interesting about Google’s “Streetview”? How many people are projected to live on the planet in 2050? Which state has the highest annual divorce rate? What are the largest and smallest counties in the U.S.?
"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
Meet the Author
Paul A. Tucci is a researcher and author of The Handy Investing Answer Book, The Handy Personal Finance Answer Book, and numerous articles regarding the information industry. He has guest lectured at various universities, including Northwestern University, the University of Michigan, INSEAD, New York University. and Oakland University. He also serves on the board of several organizations and privately held companies. As a former Global Publishing executive, he has traveled and conducted business throughout the world and brings this experience and inspiration in writing this book.
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Great book and can be a starter reading book for geography bee
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.