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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (May 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226534219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226534213
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Monmonier (geography, Syracuse Univ.) reveals how and why maps "lie." He explains the methods cartographers must use to distort reality in representing a complex, three-dimensional world on a flat sheet or screen, and how they exclude information and geographic features in order to create a readable and understandable map. In addition to explaining the "white lies" told by every competent mapmaker and the errors caused by "cartographic carelessness," Monmonier explores the use of maps for advertising and propaganda, and the deliberate errors employed to confuse potential enemies or to trap copiers. Valuable for both students of cartography or geography and interested laypersons, this is recommended for academic and larger public libraries.
- Peter B. Kutner, Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mark Monmonier is distinguished professor of geography at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John A. Dodds on July 11 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is about maps in general, which must, as a matter of necessity, reduce the level of detail from the reality they represent. So all maps "lie" in that regard. This book then explains how maps can be made that distort the perception of reality through a variety of methods, both unintentional and otherwise. Along the way, the reader will learn about many different types of maps and the kinds of problems to look out for when using maps.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9 2000
Format: Paperback
Although this book teaches how to manipulate maps in order to mislead an audience, it is more valuable as a reference to avoid having others do the same to you. Also of interest is the fact that mistakes are often responsible for the lie. This is a good buy for those who are involved with the creation of GIS maps (and those who view them!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Rogers on Jan. 20 2003
Format: Paperback
I originally bought this book for a GIS class, but blew through it before I even knew what our reading assignments were, just because it was so interesting. Its generally matter-of-fact tone and abundance of illustrations make it rewarding for cartography specialists and laypersons alike.
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