Multcolib Research Picks: Don't know much about geography

Don't Know Much About Geography
Don't Know Much About Geography Everything You Need to Know About the World but Never Learned By Davis, Kenneth C. Book - 2013 910.76 D2628d 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Geography, the author explains, has been sadly misunderstood, which accounts for the fact that Americans consistently score lowest among peoples of industrialized nations when it comes to "knowing where we are." Rather than looking at geography as a parade of facts about where things are located, Davis considers human and natural history in its larger context.

Why Geography Matters
Why Geography Matters Three Challenges Facing America : Climate Change, the Rise of China, and Global Terrorism By De Blij, Harm J. Book - 2005 909.83 D286w 2005 Available in some locations

Annotation:In this personal and engaging book, the late geographer provides a perspective on the challenges of the 21st century, demonstrating how geography's perspectives yield unique and penetrating insights into the interconnections that mark our shrinking world.

Physical Geography
Physical Geography The Key Concepts By Huggett, Richard J. Book - 2010 910.02 H891p 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:The author expands on the traditional definitions of geographic concepts and physical processes, covering the fundamental subdisciplines within physical geography, including biogeography, climatology, geomorphology, hydrology, meteorology, and pedology.

Geography A Very Short Introduction By Matthews, John A. Book - 2008 910 M439g 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:This Very Short Introduction answers four basic questions: what is Geography, how do geographers work, why is Geography important, and where is the discipline of Geography heading?

National Geographic Compact Atlas of the World
National Geographic Compact Atlas of the World By National Geographic Maps (Firm) Map - 2012 912 N27754c 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:For those who need a handy reference, this compact world atlas contains a wide array of traditional political and physical maps, as well as a series of thematic maps (e.g., population density and growth, climate, land cover, natural hazards, and water availability) at both continental and world scales.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Geography
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Geography By Sherer, Thomas E. Book - 2007 910 S551c 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:Even if you aren't an idiot, this basic overview can introduce you to the subject.

The Handy Geography Answer Book
The Handy Geography Answer Book By Tucci, Paul A. Book - 2009 910 T886h 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation: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 question-and-answer format. All aspects of the discipline are covered, including physical, economic, political, and cultural geography.

Cultural Geography
Cultural Geography A Critical Dictionary of Key Concepts Book - 2005 304.2 C968 2005 Available in some locations

Annotation:In this collection, 30 contributors present a critical perspective on such issues as public/private space, surveillance and state intrusion, and culture and nature.

Annotation:Geo-literacy is the understanding of Earth systems and interconnections that we all need to make good decisions. Whether we are making decisions about where to live, what precautions to take for natural hazards, or how to set up a manufacturing supply chain, we are all called upon to make decisions that require geo-literacy throughout our lives.

Annotation:Geography is central to the work of the Census Bureau, providing the framework for survey design, sample selection, data collection, tabulation, and dissemination. Geography provides meaning and context to statistical data.


In the U.S., we are particularly uninterested in geography, yet to sustain our leadership in a globalized world, it's important to know about other places on our planet. Get up to date on countries and cultures by checking out the books on this list.

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