Originally released to extensive acclaim, this energetic, cleverly illustrated essay at the use and abuse of maps teaches us the way to overview maps significantly and promotes a fit skepticism approximately those easy-to-manipulate versions of truth. Monmonier indicates that, regardless of their monstrous price, maps lie. actually, they must.
The moment variation is up to date with the addition of 2 new chapters, 10 colour plates, and a brand new foreword through popular geographer H. J. de Blij. One new bankruptcy examines the position of nationwide curiosity and cultural values in nationwide mapping businesses, together with the USA Geological Survey, whereas the opposite explores the hot breed of multimedia, computer-based maps.
To express how maps distort, Monmonier introduces uncomplicated rules of mapmaking, supplies enjoyable examples of the misuse of maps in occasions from zoning disputes to census studies, and covers all of the regular varieties of distortions from planned oversimplifications to the deceptive use of color.
"Professor Monmonier himself understands the way to achieve our realization; it isn't actually the lies in maps yet their fact, if regularly approximate and incomplete, that he wishes us to recognize and use, even to attract for ourselves at the facile monitor. His is an crafty and humorous ebook, which like several solid map, packs lots in little space."—Scientific American
"A important consultant to a subject matter most folk most likely take an excessive amount of with no consideration. It indicates how map makers translate summary info into attention-grabbing cartograms, as they're known as. It combats cartographic illiteracy. It fights cartophobia. it can even train you in finding your method. For that on my own, it kind of feels worthwhile."—Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The long island Times
". . . witty exam of the way and why maps lie. [The booklet] conveys a tremendous message approximately how information of any variety may be manipulated. however it additionally communicates a lot of the problem, aesthetic attraction, and sheer enjoyable of maps. Even those that hated geography in grammar tuition may possibly good discover a new enthusiasm for the topic after interpreting Monmonier's full of life and astounding book."—Wilson Library Bulletin
"A studying of this e-book will go away you far better defended opposed to affordable atlases, shoddy journalism, unscrupulous advertisers, predatory special-interest teams, and others who may perhaps use or abuse maps at your expense."—John Van Pelt, Christian technology Monitor
"Monmonier meets his objective admirably. . . . [His] ebook will be wear each map user's 'must learn' checklist. it's informative and readable . . . an incredible leap forward in aiding us to appreciate how maps can lie to their readers."—Jeffrey S. Murray, Canadian Geographic