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How to Lie with Maps Paperback – May 1 1996
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From Library Journal
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.
From the Back Cover
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. As Monmonier show, maps not only point the way and provide information, maps lie. In fact, they must.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Monmonier's book is helpful both for cartographers and a general audience. He explains the elements of the map (scale, projection, and symbolization), giving specific examples to illustrate how all parts of the map introduce varying degrees of distortion. The maps integrated into the text make for an easy read. When discussing deliberate map falsification, Monmonier includes a wide variety of maps to show the viewer how many different authors can manipulate maps. Including such diverse examples as political, advertising, and development maps gave me a better idea of what to look for when analyzing a new map. Though maps are often deliberately manipulated, Monmonier also highlights the challenges that well-intentioned cartographers face when attempting to produce fair map representations. Ultimately, however, it is usually better to have more than one map in order to gain different perspectives.
The book as a whole, with its many examples, puts the reader in a mindset to examine maps more critically. It is difficult to come up with specific principles or rules of determining map bias, but perhaps Monmonier could have compiled some general guidelines for evaluating maps, particularly for viewers without specialized cartographic training.
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Great resource. Opened my eyes to so many of the constant map issues i see in government mapsPublished 18 months ago by Stephen R
How to lie with maps is a very solid intro to the sorts of errors that can be made intentionally or unintentionally when creating maps. Read morePublished 22 months ago by John Schaub
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