In recent years our world has seen transformations of all kinds: intense climate change accompanied by significant weather extremes; deadly tsunamis caused by submarine earthquakes; unprecedented terrorist attacks; costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; a terrible and overlooked conflict in Equatorial Africa costing millions of lives; an economic crisis threatening the stability of the international system. Is there some way we can get our minds around these disparate global upheavals, to grasp these events and their interconnections, and place our turbulent world in a more understandable light? Acclaimed author Harm de Blij answers this question with one word: geography.
In this revised edition of the immensely popular and influential Why Geography Matters, de Blij tackles topics from the burgeoning presence of China to the troubling disarray of the European Union, from the dangerous nuclear ambitions of North Korea to the revolutionary Arab Spring. By improving our understanding of the world's geography, de Blij shows, we can better respond to the events around us, and better prepare ourselves to face the global challenges ahead. Peppering his writing with anecdotes from his own professional travels, de Blij expands upon his original argument, offering an updated work that is as engaging as it is eye-opening. Casual students of geography and professional policy-makers alike will benefit from this stimulating and crucial perspective on geography and the way it shapes our world's events.
America, de Blij warns, has become the world's most geographically illiterate society of consequence. Indeed, despite increasing global interconnectivity and rapid change, Americans seem to be less informed and less knowledgeable about the rest of the world than ever. In this compelling volume, de Blij shows why this dispiriting picture must change, and change now.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|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
Russia: Trouble on the Eastern Front
Hope for Africa?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.