Why Geography Matters: More Than Ever

Why Geography Matters: More Than Ever

by Harm de Blij

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199913749
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/17/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 70,800
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Harm de Blij is John A. Hannah Professor at Michigan State University. He was the popular Geography Editor on ABC's "Good Morning America" for seven years, worked at NBC News as Geography Analyst, and was the writer of and commentator for the original PBS Series "The Power of Place." The author of over 30 books, he is an honorary life member of the National Geographic Society.

Table of Contents

Why Geography Matters... More Than Ever!
Reading Maps and Facing Threats
Earth's Changeable Environments
Climate and Civilization
A Future Geography of Human Population
The Mesh of Civilizations
Red Star Rising: China's Geopolitical Gauntlet
Terrorism's Widening Circle
From Terrorism to Insurgency
European Superpower?
Russia: Trouble on the Eastern Front
Hope for Africa?

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Why Geography Matters, More Than Ever 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent read.  The author's depth of knowledge and his ability to bring a multi-disciplinary approach (Sociology, political science, history, geology and geography) answers the question of why geography  matters.  His challenge to U.S. Citizens is clear.  He argues that, as the fortunate residents of a super power, we have a  responsibility to be knowledgeable about the world we live in and that our ignorance of our world and the other peoples  that share this shrinking planet can have dire consequences for us all.  His global review is current and provides Insights into the regional tensions and violence we read about daily.  I recommend this book to anyone interested in developing their knowledge of our world and it's complex relationships between the physical world and diverse peoples that inhabit it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy this book much at all. I am a high school student, taking an honors course which required the book. I have found the book to not have much structure and jump all over the place. I am a writer myself and know that it needs to flow a little better. I find that this article is also bias, and in many chapters, he insults the ideas and smarts of America. He of course is an expert, but you can see how he insults human intelligence. Honestly, it infuriates me how he makes assumptions on the overall knowledge of America. He even insults our political leaders and leaves no one unscratched- even other geologists can not measure up. If you want to read this for pleasure, I'd suggest another another selection. If you are reading this for school- good luck! I suggest you grin and bear it. The students in my schools AP and Honors social sciences program can agree- this book does not meet standards.