How to Lie with Maps

Monmonier, Mark
ISBN:
9780226534152

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 shows, maps not only point the way and provide information, maps lie. In fact, they must. The second edition is updated with the addition of two new chapters, 10 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 latest technology in 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. Editorial Reviews Booknews An updated edition covering the use and abuse of maps, from basic principles of mapmaking to distortions such as deliberate oversimplification and the misleading use of symbols. Ample illustrations, with four pages in color. First published in 1991. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) From Barnes & Noble This book examines the ways maps can mislead us through distortions born of ignorance, greed, ideological blindness, or deliberate malice. "...an artful and funny book, which like any good map, packs plenty in little space."-- Scientific American

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