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Read online How to Lie with Maps.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC How to Lie with Maps Originally published to wide acclaim this lively cleverly illustrated essay on the use and abuse of maps teaches us how to evaluate maps critically and promotes a healthy skepticism about these easy to manipulate models of reality Monmonier shows that despite their immense value maps lie In fact they must .

The second edition is updated with the addition of two new chapters color plates and a new foreword by renowned geographer H J de Blij One new chapter examines the role of national interest and cultural values in national mapping organizations including the United States Geological Survey while the other explores the new breed of multimedia computer based maps .

To show how maps distort Monmonier introduces basic principles of mapmaking gives entertaining examples of the misuse of maps in situations from zoning disputes to census reports and covers all the typical kinds of distortions from deliberate oversimplifications to the misleading use of color .

Professor Monmonier himself knows how to gain our attention it is not in fact the lies in maps but their truth if always approximate and incomplete that he wants us to admire and use even to draw for ourselves on the facile screen His is an artful and funny book which like any good map packs plenty in little space i Scientific American i .

A useful guide to a subject most people probably take too much for granted It shows how map makers translate abstract data into eye catching cartograms as they are called It combats cartographic illiteracy It fights cartophobia It may even teach you to find your way For that alone it seems worthwhile Christopher Lehmann Haupt i The New York Times i .

witty examination of how and why maps lie The book conveys an important message about how statistics of any kind can be manipulated But it also communicates much of the challenge aesthetic appeal and sheer fun of maps Even those who hated geography in grammar school might well find a new enthusiasm for the subject after reading Monmonier s lively and surprising book i Wilson Library Bulletin i .

A reading of this book will leave you much better defended against cheap atlases shoddy journalism unscrupulous advertisers predatory special interest groups and others who may use or abuse maps at your expense John Van Pelt i Christian Science Monitor i .

Monmonier meets his goal admirably His book should be put on every map user s must read list It is informative and readable a big step forward in helping us to understand how maps can mislead their readers Jeffrey S Murray i Canadian Geographic i by Mark Monmonier

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How to Lie with Maps
Title:How to Lie with Maps
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Number of Pages:207
Category:Non fiction, Geography, Maps, Cartography, Science, Reference
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From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow: How Maps Name, Claim, and Inflame, Spying with Maps: Surveillance Technologies and the Future of Privacy, No Dig, No Fly, No Go: How Maps Restrict and Control, Mapping It Out: Expository Cartography for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Air Apparent: How Meteorologists Learned to Map, Predict, and Dramatize Weather, Cartographies of Danger: Mapping Hazards in America, Coast Lines: How Mapmakers Frame the World and Chart Environmental Change, How to Lie with Maps, Lake Effect: Tales of Large Lakes, Arctic Winds, and Recurrent Snows, Drawing the Lines: Tales of Maps and Cartocontroversy
Originally published to wide acclaim this lively cleverly illustrated essay on the use and abuse of maps teaches us how to evaluate maps critically and promotes a healthy skepticism about these easy to manipulate models of reality Monmonier shows that despite their immense value maps lie In fact they must br br The second edition is updated with the addition of two new chapters color plates and a new foreword by renowned geographer H J de Blij One new chapter examines the role of national interest and cultural values in national mapping organizations including the United States Geological Survey while the other explores the new breed of multimedia computer based maps br br To show how maps distort Monmonier introduces basic principles of mapmaking gives entertaining examples of the misuse of maps in situations from zoning disputes to census reports and covers all the typical kinds of distortions from deliberate oversimplifications to the misleading use of color br br Professor Monmonier himself knows how to gain our attention it is not in fact the lies in maps but their truth if always approximate and incomplete that he wants us to admire and use even to draw for ourselves on the facile screen His is an artful and funny book which like any good map packs plenty in little space i Scientific American i br br A useful guide to a subject most people probably take too much for granted It shows how map makers translate abstract data into eye catching cartograms as they are called It combats cartographic illiteracy It fights cartophobia It may even teach you to find your way For that alone it seems worthwhile Christopher Lehmann Haupt i The New York Times i br br witty examination of how and why maps lie The book conveys an important message about how statistics of any kind can be manipulated But it also communicates much of the challenge aesthetic appeal and sheer fun of maps Even those who hated geography in grammar school might well find a new enthusiasm for the subject after reading Monmonier s lively and surprising book i Wilson Library Bulletin i br br A reading of this book will leave you much better defended against cheap atlases shoddy journalism unscrupulous advertisers predatory special interest groups and others who may use or abuse maps at your expense John Van Pelt i Christian Science Monitor i br br Monmonier meets his goal admirably His book should be put on every map user s must read list It is informative and readable a big step forward in helping us to understand how maps can mislead their readers Jeffrey S Murray i Canadian Geographic i, No place is perfectly safe but some places are more dangerous than others Whether we live on a floodplain or in Tornado Alley near a nuclear facility or in a neighborhood poorly lit at night we all co exist uneasily with natural and man made hazards As Mark Monmonier shows in this entertaining and immensely informative book maps can tell us a lot about where we can anticipate certain hazards but they can also be dangerously misleading br br California for example takes earthquakes seriously with a comprehensive program of seismic mapping whereas Washington has been comparatively lax about earthquakes in Puget Sound But as the Northridge earthquake in January demonstrated all too clearly to Californians even reliable seismic hazard maps can deceive anyone who misinterprets known fault lines as the only places vulnerable to earthquakes br br Important as it is to predict and prepare for catastrophic natural hazards more subtle and persistent phenomena such as pollution and crime also pose serious dangers that we have to cope with on a daily basis Hazard zone maps highlight these more insidious hazards and raise awareness about them among planners local officials and the public br br With the help of many maps illustrating examples from all corners of the United States Monmonier demonstrates how hazard mapping reflects not just scientific understanding of hazards but also perceptions of risk and how risk can be reduced Whether you live on a faultline or a coastline near a toxic waste dump or an EMF generating power line you ignore this book s plain language advice on geographic hazards and how to avoid them at your own peril br br No one should buy a home rent an apartment or even drink the local water without having read this fascinating cartographic alert on the dangers that lurk in our everyday lives Who has not asked where it is safe to live i Cartographies of Danger i provides the answer H J de Blij i NBC News i br br Even if you re not interested in maps you re almost certainly interested in hazards And this book is one of the best places I ve seen to learn about them in a highly entertaining and informative fashion John Casti i New Scientist i br br, Maps as we know help us find our way around But they re also powerful tools for someone hoping to find i you i Widely available in electronic and paper formats maps offer revealing insights into our movements and activities even our likes and dislikes In i Spying with Maps i the mapmatician Mark Monmonier looks at the increased use of geographic data satellite imagery and location tracking across a wide range of fields such as military intelligence law enforcement market research and traffic engineering Could these diverse forms of geographic monitoring he asks lead to grave consequences for society To assess this very real threat he explains how geospatial technology works what it can reveal who uses it and to what effect br br Despite our apprehension about surveillance technology i Spying with Maps i is not a jeremiad crammed with dire warnings about eyes in the sky and invasive tracking Monmonier s approach encompasses both skepticism and the acknowledgment that geospatial technology brings with it unprecedented benefits to governments institutions and individuals especially in an era of asymmetric warfare and bioterrorism Monmonier frames his explanations of what this new technology is and how it works with the question of whether locational privacy is a fundamental right Does the right to be left alone include not letting Big Brother or a legion of Little Brothers know where we are or where we ve been What sacrifices must we make for homeland security and open government br br With his usual wit and clarity Monmonier offers readers an engaging even handed introduction to the dark side of the new technology that surrounds us from traffic cameras and weather satellites to personal GPS devices and wireless communications, Brassiere Hills Alaska Mollys Nipple Utah Outhouse Draw Nevada In the early twentieth century it was common for towns and geographical features to have salacious bawdy and even derogatory names In the age before political correctness mapmakers readily accepted any local preference for place names prizing accurate representation over standards of decorum Thus summits such as Squaw Tit which towered above valleys in Arizona New Mexico Nevada and California found their way into the cartographic annals Later when sanctions prohibited local use of racially ethnically and scatalogically offensive toponyms town names like Jap Valley California were erased from the national and cultural map forever br br i From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow i probes this little known chapter in American cartographic history by considering the intersecting efforts to computerize mapmaking standardize geographic names and respond to public concern over ethnically offensive appellations Interweaving cartographic history with tales of politics and power celebrated geographer Mark Monmonier locates his story within the past and present struggles of mapmakers to create an orderly process for naming that avoids confusion preserves history and serves different political aims Anchored by a diverse selection of naming controversies in the United States Canada Cyprus Israel Palestine and Antarctica on the ocean floor and the surface of the moon and in other parts of our solar system i From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow i richly reveals the map s role as a mediated portrait of the cultural landscape And unlike other books that consider place names this is the first to reflect on both the real cartographic and political imbroglios they engender br br i From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow i is Mark Monmonier at his finest a learned analysis of a timely and controversial subject rendered accessible and even entertaining to the general reader