7 Best Geography Books Update 05/2022

Best Geography Books

Geography is an interesting field of study. The study of geography helps us understand where we are in the world and how patterns across space affect our lives and the world. Here are seven books about geography that are worth adding to any geographer’s library.

The Geography of Genius

The Geography of Genius

Eric Weiner, the New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss, will show you how creative genius thrives in specific places and at specific times. He will travel from Athens to Silicon Valley and back in time to show how this happens.

In The Geography of Genius, Weiner, a well-known travel writer, tries to figure out how our surroundings and our best ideas are linked. He looks at the history of cities, like Vienna in 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban settings are good for people to come up with new ideas. If the spirit of people like Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo still lives on, he walks the same paths as them to see if they still have the same ideas. What was in the air there, and can we bottle it? This is what Weiner asks in these places.

Atlas of Design (3rd Edition)

“The Magnificent Bears of the Glorious Nation of Finland,” by Finnish designer Annukka Mäkijärvi, is a map that looks a little different than most. It doesn’t have any information about where it is. It doesn’t show any geopolitical borders. If it even has a pointer, it doesn’t even have a pointer. It shows how many different types of bears live in Finland by using colorful pictures of bears that Mäkijärvi smooshed together to make the shape of the country. About 1,600 “beautiful” bears are ready to kill you and your family, the text says. In the same way that we said it was unusual, so too.

They all have a unique look to them, which is what ties them together in the third volume of The Atlas of Design. This chart shows how Amelia Earhart’s last flight went, as well as a picture called “Megan’s Wood.” These aren’t really maps at all. That’s mostly on purpose: The Atlas of Design celebrates a more inclusive way of looking at maps.

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World

Everyone who is in charge of a country is limited by geography. Mountains, rivers, seas, and concrete are the only things that they can choose from. People, ideas, and political movements can help us understand world events, but without geography, we can never get the whole picture. The new Prisoners of Geography by seasoned journalist Tim Marshall looks at the physical characteristics of countries like Russia and China as well as the United States, the Middle East, Europe, Japan and Korea, and Greenland and the Arctic. Marshall shows how these countries’ physical characteristics affect their strengths and weaknesses, and how their leaders make decisions about them. This is something that isn’t always covered in our political reporting.

Great Maps: The World’s Masterpieces Explored and Explained

Great Maps The World’s Masterpieces Explored and Explained

The best maps in the world are shown and explained. There are a lot of interesting maps in Great Maps. They go from Ptolemy’s world map to the Hereford’s Mappa Mundi to Mercator’s map and Google Earth’s maps of the Moon.

Great Maps tells the stories behind 55 historical maps by looking at graphic close-ups. It also profiles key cartographers and explorers to look at why each map was made, who it was for, and how it changed navigation, propaganda, power, art, and politics.

Atlas of Improbable Places: A Journey to the world’s most unusual corners

Perhaps the eighth wonder of our world is that even though we have maps and satellite images, our planet still surprises us. In the most unusual places, you can find hidden caves, forgotten cities, and even man’s own crazy engineering. To find the beautiful and strange, Travis Elborough looks for things that are out of the ordinary and beautiful. This is what you do when you see the remnants of ancient cities, like the church tower of San Juan Parangaricuto, which stands as the only reminder of a town that was buried by lava. Atlas of Improbable Places is a great way to see the world’s most amazing places through beautiful maps and stunning photos. As the Island of Dolls and the hauntingly named Door to Hell show, mystery is never far away. A fire pit that can’t be put out is one example. Depending on where you go, the truths and myths behind them can be as different as the places themselves. Places that look like they’re from another time or another place aren’t just amazing sights. They show how humans have a unique relationship with the world around us.

How to Lie with Maps

It was a big hit when it was first published. This fun, well-illustrated essay on the use and abuse of maps teaches us how to think critically about maps and encourages us to be skeptical about these simple models of reality. In his book, Monmonier shows that even though maps are very important, they aren’t always true. They have to. First, there were two new chapters and 10 color plates in the second edition of How to Lie with Maps. Geographer H. J. de Blij wrote the foreword in the new edition. In one new chapter, we look at how national interests and cultural values play a role in national mapping organizations like the United States Geological Survey. In the other, we look at the new kind of multimedia, computer-based maps that are becoming more popular. Examples from zoning disputes to census reports show how maps can be used to mislead. Monmonier explains the basics of mapmaking, shows how maps can be misused in a variety of situations, and shows how color can be used to make things look different than they are.

You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination

When we make maps, we fulfill one of our oldest and deepest desires: to know more about the world around us and our place in it. But maps don’t just show continents and oceans. There are also maps to heaven and hell, happiness and despair, moods, marriage, and mythical places. From Gulliver’s Island to Gilligan’s Island, there are maps of popular culture that show where things are in the world There are maps of the world before it was known, and maps of places only the mapmaker knows about. These maps are made by artists, and they show another kind of unknown land: the one in your head. What all these maps have in common is that their creators were willing to go outside the boundaries of geography or tradition. You Are Here is a collection of so many creative maps. In your mind, you go to places you don’t expect to find. For example, you might think about the ideal country estate from a dog’s point of view; find hidden treasure on Skeleton Island; travel down the road to success, or imagine the world as an insane person sees it. With more than 100 maps from artists, cartographers, and explorers, You are Here gives the reader a breathtaking view of both real and imaginary worlds. You are Here

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