Drawing the Line by Mark Monmonier
Tales of Maps and Cartocontroversy

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Shows how maps have been used to influence foreign policy, subdue native people, redraw electoral districts, promote the theory of continental drift, & select sites for hazardous-waste treatment facilities & nuclear power plants. The author looks at maps both famous & functional. Behind them he finds misguided cartographers & well-meaning ones, forgers & fools, political correctors, visionaries, & heretics. Shows that we are unconsciously persuaded by maps more often than we realize. A thoroughly entertaining book, its tales of cartocontroversy are told with wit & style.

About Mark Monmonier

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Mark Monmonier is distinguished professor of geography at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the author of many books, including most recently, "From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow," also published by the University of Chicago Press.
Published December 2, 1994 by Henry Holt & Co. 368 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Monmonier equally displays an eye for the pungent detail (e.g., some US maps still feature ethnically insensitive place names such as Chinks Peak and Squaw Tits) and the ability to paint a broad historical context, as in detailing how one British geographer's warning about the importance of contr...

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Maps, far from being value-neutral, are highly selective, often biased devices that can serve as tools of persuasion, asserts Syracuse University geography professor Monmonier (How to Lie with Maps).

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