Summer Reading for the Geographer

Summer is almost here, which means so are the summer reading lists!  Being the nerd that I am (and daughter of an English teacher) I love reading.  I will read pretty much anything that someone hands me except for horror (real life is scary enough, thanks).  So if you’re tired of the usual beach reads and want to something educational or just interesting and different then here are some books perfect for geographers or just those who want to know more about what geography is really about (naming state capitals is grade school geography not college geography).

1.  Why Geography Matters: Three Challenges Facing America: Climate Change, the Rise of China and Global Terrorism   By Harm de Blij

This author is a standard in geography and has written lots of books about the importance of geography, including textbooks used at my school.

You can read a summary about the book on Amazon.

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2. A History of the World in 12 Maps  By Jerry Brotton

This book is looooong and the maps and not very readable but the information is interesting.  It’s a good book to read bit by bit over a long time.

You can read a summary about the book on Amazon.

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3. The Global Grapevine: Why Rumors of Terroism, Immigration and Trade Matter   By Gary Alan Fine

This is a fascinating account of the history of rumors and how they affect the world and how certain rumors never die but just transform into something else.

Summary on Amazon.

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4. How to Lie with Maps  By Mark Monmonier

This book is a must-have for cartographers and those who want to read between the lines with maps.

Summary on Amazon.

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5. Mapping Tourism  By Stephen P. Hanna and Vincent J. Del Casino Jr.

This and the next book were recommended to me by a professor for my thesis research and are also good for those interested in cartography.

Summary on Amazon.

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6. Drawing the Line: Tales of Maps and Cartocontroversy  By Mark Monmonier

See above.

Summary on Amazon.

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7. Mapping the News  By David Herzog

This book is one of the books I am using for my thesis research and shows how beautifully geography/GIS can go with journalism.

Summary on Amazon.

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8. Maps with the News  By Mark Monmonier

This is another thesis research book and while terribly outdated (published in the 1980s), it still has interesting information on how journalism is part of geography and vice versa.

Summary on Amazon.

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Happy Reading!

 

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  1. Pingback: Summer Reading for the Geographer (and Journalist!) | GeoMaster

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