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Guns, Germs, and Steel
Jared Diamond
0393317552
Jan 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Explaining what William McNeill called The Rise of the West has become the central problem in the study of global history. In Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond presents the biologist's answer: geography, demography, and ecological happenstance. Diamond evenhandedly reviews human history on every continent since the Ice Age at a rate that emphasizes only the broadest movements of peoples and ideas. Yet his survey is binocular: one eye has the rather distant vision of the evolutionary biologist, while the other eye--and his heart--belongs to the people of New Guinea, where he has done field work for more than 30 years. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal
Most of this work deals with non-Europeans, but Diamond's thesis sheds light on why Western civilization...


Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography

019555079X


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Book Description
This book offers a comprehensive, accessible, and practical guide on how to conduct qualitative research in human geography. Enhanced and greatly expanded by nine new chapters, the latest edition shows students how to plan, conduct, interpret, and communicate qualitative research.


How to Prepare for the AP Exam in Human Geography
Peter S. Alagona
0764120948
July 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
This brand new test preparation manual presents an overview of human geography, a history of cartography, and the divisions of geography that focus on population, cultures, political boundaries, economics, agriculture, cities and urban organization, and environmental considerations. Sample test questions with answers appear at the end of each chapter. The book also includes two full-length sample exams that closely reflect the actual AP exam, and include annotated answers to all questions.

Back Cover Copy
back cover In-depth Preparation Includes: Two full-length model AP exams All questions answered and explained An overview of human geography Key terms defined in every chapter An extensive subject review covering all major human geography topics Sample test...


World Regional Geography Mapping Workbook and Study Guide

0716762617


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Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Jared Diamond
1565115147
September 2001
Compact Disc
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Book Review
Explaining what William McNeill called The Rise of the West has become the central problem in the study of global history. In Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond presents the biologist's answer: geography, demography, and ecological happenstance. Diamond evenhandedly reviews human history on every continent since the Ice Age at a rate that emphasizes only the broadest movements of peoples and ideas. Yet his survey is binocular: one eye has the rather distant vision of the evolutionary biologist, while the other eye--and his heart--belongs to the people of New Guinea, where he has done field work for more than 30 years. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal
Most of this work deals with non-Europeans, but Diamond's thesis sheds...


Guns, Germs, and Steel
Jared Diamond
0393061310
July 2005
(Hardcover) - Revised Ed.
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Book Review
Explaining what William McNeill called The Rise of the West has become the central problem in the study of global history. In Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond presents the biologist's answer: geography, demography, and ecological happenstance. Diamond evenhandedly reviews human history on every continent since the Ice Age at a rate that emphasizes only the broadest movements of peoples and ideas. Yet his survey is binocular: one eye has the rather distant vision of the evolutionary biologist, while the other eye--and his heart--belongs to the people of New Guinea, where he has done field work for more than 30 years. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal
Most of this work deals with non-Europeans, but Diamond's thesis sheds...


Earth from Above
Yann Arthus-Bertrand
0810959461
Nov 2005
(Hardcover) - Revised Ed.
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Book Review
In a literal overview of the world, Earth from Above: 365 Days presents a resplendent view of our complex home. Each new day reveals another breathtaking, and sometimes heartbreaking, image from the sky: an endless field of Kenyan flamingos, the crowded streets of Tokyo, the crisscrossing highways of Los Angeles, or a misty blue lagoon in Iceland. Turn the page and find yet another absorbing view. Each of the 365 pictures is monumental and imparts one more mind-blowing facet to our elaborate planet. Every image is accompanied by a brief socially conscious text. Descriptions of nature's bounty and wrath, along with human impact both good and bad, run throughout. From the beauty of the world's largest maze to the destruction of major earthquakes, life seems unpredictable. Whether it's one lone outfielder in Yankee Stadium or...


Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Jared Diamond
0393038912
January 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
Explaining what William McNeill called The Rise of the West has become the central problem in the study of global history. In Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond presents the biologist's answer: geography, demography, and ecological happenstance. Diamond evenhandedly reviews human history on every continent since the Ice Age at a rate that emphasizes only the broadest movements of peoples and ideas. Yet his survey is binocular: one eye has the rather distant vision of the evolutionary biologist, while the other eye--and his heart--belongs to the people of New Guinea, where he has done field work for more than 30 years.

From Library Journal
Most of this work deals with non-Europeans, but Diamond's thesis sheds light on why Western civilization became hegemonic:...


Why Geography Matters
H. J. de Blij
0195183010
July 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
De Blij, a geography professor and former National Geographic Society editor, seeks to rekindle interest in his discipline with this unfocused survey of the world and its discontents. Struggling to describe his notoriously hard-to-define field, de Blij suggests that geographers "look at things spatially" as opposed to "temporally" or "structurally," the "things" being a grab bag of phenomena, including climate, topography, demographics, national boundaries and the distribution of languages, religions, energy deposits and pipelines. It's an often illuminating perspective, nicely visualized in the book's many splendid maps. Unfortunately, while mapping things spatially is a very useful methodology, it doesn't add up to a coherent analytical framework, and often boils down to simply compiling information about...


The Cultural Landscape : An Introduction to Human Geography (8th Edition)
James M. Rubenstein
0131429396
February 23, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Trusted for its timeliness and readability, this book introduces geography by emphasizing the relevance of geographic concepts to human problems. Two years after Rubenstein's Update Edition was created to encompass the events of September 11, 2001, this revision also begins the careful process of putting those events into perspective. Provides new "Global Forces and Local Impacts" boxes in each chapter that explore in depth an issue related to chapter material, focusing on particular regions of the world. Includes new material on medical geography, terrorism, mineral resources, sustainable development, conservation, and biodiversity. Presents new information on gender differences in development . Expands material on Ethnicity, relating ethnicity problems to political conflict; also incorporates material previously...


A Language Older Than Words
Derrick Jensen
1931498555
Mar 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Singular, compelling and courageously honest, this book is more than just a poignant memoir of a harrowingly abusive childhood. It relates the extraordinary journey of one man striving to save his own spirit and our planet's. Comparing his physically and sexually abusive father's destruction of his family with humankind's systematic destruction of civilization, New York Times Magazine contributor Jensen (Listening to the Land) tells a story about the hope for regeneration in a landscape of human and natural desolation. Throughout, Jensen mobilizes his experiences as student, teacher, environmentalist, beekeeper, high jumper, abused child and survivor to delve deeper inside his own wounded psyche while condemning the constrictions of a culture that fosters abuse. In lyrical prose, Jensen calls for accountability...


Almanac of World History
Patricia S. Daniels
0792250923
Nov 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
With authoritative and enlightening essays and detailed maps, charts, and time lines, National Geographic Almanac of World History encapsulates in one volume all of the important people and events that have changed the world. In chronological chapters, this amazing almanac reveals the fascinating story of the growth and change of society, from the Neanderthals to the nuclear age. Culled from the extensive National Geographic archives, Almanac of World History includes more than 220 maps, photographs, and illustrations to enhance readers’ understanding of history. Each chapter features three types of easy-to-access entries, including lively introductory spreads that are filled with time lines, charts, images, and sidebars; essay spreads that give more in-depth information on a person, place, or event; and finally,...


Earth from Above, Third Edition
Yann Arthus-Bertrand
081095947X
November 1, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
Ecology, a science scarcely a century old, aims to give its practitioners an approach to understanding how whole natural systems--for example, watersheds, deserts, and estuaries--work. Few books translate this aim as well as Earth from Above, a stunning collection of photographs that affords its viewers a window into the world's workings. It is something of a commonplace, for instance, that the large-scale logging now being visited on the world's rainforests is causing untold damage to tropical ecosystems. In French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand's hands, this problem is translated from arid fact to alarming image, giving immediate meaning to the statistics that underlie today's environmental headlines; his photographs of the ruins of rural Madagascar, where forests are being cleared at a rate of 1,500 square kilometers...


The Settling of North America: The Atlas of the Great Migrations into North America from the Ice Age to the Present
Helen Hornbeck Tanner
0026162725
September 1995
Hardcover
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From Booklist
This historical atlas focuses on the U.S. and Canada. Arrangement is chronological, with seven sections covering prehistoric times to 1950^-55; the final section looks at aspects of the present. An illustrated introduction prefaces each of the first seven sections; a time line follows, with parallel columns for North America, Central and South America, and the rest of the world. Then double-page spreads present thematic maps (several per spread), text, and illustrations.Representative of coverage are the two pages titled "Mid Europe to Mid West: Immigration from West Central Europe, 1860^-1920." About 25 percent of the space is devoted to text. One map shows population growth and migration in West Central Europe; it reflects more internal than external mobility. Another map illustrates where various ethnic groups lived in...


In Motion
Schomburg Ctr for Resrch in Black Cultur
0792273850
Jan 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
African Americans, more than any other populations in the Americas, have been shaped by migrations. Their culture and history are the products of black peoples' various movements, coerced and voluntary, that started, in the Western Hemisphere, five hundred years ago. Theirs is the story of men and women forced out of Africa; of enslaved people moved from the coastal southeast to the Deep South; of fugitives walking to freedom across the country and beyond; of colonists leaving their land to settle on foreign shores; of southerners migrating west and north; and of immigrants arriving from the Caribbean, South America, and Africa.

Although the Atlantic slave trade has created an enduring image of black people as transported commodities, and is usually considered the single element in the construction of the...


The History and Geography of Human Genes : (Abridged paperback edition) [ABRIDGED]
Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, et al
0691029059
August 5, 1996
Paperback
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Time magazine
Nothing less than the first genetic atlas of the world.... [This] landmark global study flattens The Bell Curve, proving that racial differences are only skin deep.

Science magazine
This is the most comprehensive treatment of human genetic variations available.... It will likely play an important role in future research in anthropological genetics.... An impressive display of synthesis and analysis.

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Children Just Like Me
Barnabas Kindersley
0789402017
September 1995
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6?A delightful, attractive look at children from around the world. The authors spent two years meeting and photographing youngsters from every continent and more than 140 countries. The volume is divided by continent, which is introduced with photos of children, their names, and nationalities. Then a double-page spread features pictures of each child's food, eating utensils, housing, school, friends, and family. The text gives the young people a chance to comment on their favorite games, friends, and hopes for the future. The final section includes excerpts from the Kindersleys' travel diary. This book is factual, respectful, and insightful. It provides just the right balance of information and visual interest for the intended audience.?Joan Soulliere, Wenham Public Library, MACopyright 1996 Reed...


Sidewalks in the Kingdom
Eric O. Jacobsen
1587430576
May 2003
Paperback
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From Booklist
Like Jane Jacobs, James Howard Kunstler, Ray Oldenburg, and other urban visionaries, Jacobsen sees the city as a hopeful place, where community, tradition, and beauty come together on a human scale--a vision that an eclectic mix of architects, city planners, and sociologists has recently promoted as the New Urbanism. Jacobsen offers a distinctly Christian perspective on this phenomenon, looking to the Bible to develop a theology of the city. He believes that Americans' love affair with the automobile has undermined the social fabric by offering a false promise of independence while contributing to the impersonal nature of much of American society. He discusses the dangers of urban sprawl, the soul-numbing architecture of the late twentieth century and its devastating effects on communal identity, and the lack of...


The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: Revised and Updated : The Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It's Too Late
Thom Hartmann, et al
1400051576
April 27, 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
While everything appears to be collapsing around us -- ecodamage, genetic engineering, virulent diseases, the end of cheap oil, water shortages, global famine, wars -- we can still do something about it and create a world that will work for us and for our children’s children. The inspiration for Leonardo DiCaprio’s web movie Global Warning, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight details what is happening to our planet, the reasons for our culture’s blind behavior, and how we can fix the problem. Thom Hartmann’s comprehensive book, originally published in 1998, has become one of the fundamental handbooks of the environmental activist movement. Now, with fresh, updated material and a focus on political activism and its effect on corporate behavior, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight...


How People Live
Dena Freeman
0789498677
Nov 2003
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6--This contemporary and very appealing cultural atlas is akin to visiting a particularly well-designed museum exhibit about the people of the world. Though by her own admission there are far too many groups to fit into one book, Freeman makes a valiant effort to include as many as is practical and still keep the book to a manageable size, which is not an easy task. Hundreds of vibrant color photographs interspersed with short paragraphs of text describe all manner of cultural events and artifacts from every corner of the globe. The book is organized by continent, with each section introduced with a general description of the inhabitants, a political map, and abbreviated tables of pertinent statistics on such topics as language, population, and religion. Each introduction is followed by several...


Understanding the Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography
Bret Wallach
1593851197
January 2005
Textbook Paperback
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Review
"Understanding the Cultural Landscape is a tour de force--a splendid example of the lively, clear, and attractive writing that scholarly prose should be, but so seldom is. Bret Wallach, one of America's most distinguished geographers, has revived a noble but long-neglected tradition of cultural geography, deeply rooted in history and an amazing range of geographic facts. For intellectually curious students of the human condition, this is a profoundly important book."--Peirce F. Lewis, Department of Geography (Emeritus), Pennsylvania State University

"This book is filled with interesting insights, illuminating the continuing importance of actual geography even in the homogenizing twilight of globalization."--Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

"Most texts in human geography are...


New Orleans
Peirce F. Lewis
1930066104
Mar 2003
Paperback
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Paul Groth, University of California, Berkeley
"Peirce Lewis's New Orleans is the best introduction in print to any American city." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Craig E. Colten, Louisiana State University
"Peirce Lewis's long overdue second edition is just as pleasurable to read as the original." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The United States and Canada: The Land and the People
Arthur Getis, et al
0072356774
August 4, 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
This full-color text explores the United States and Canada with a fresh, logical approach. The authors examine the regions of the United States and Canada using a thematic approach, via such topics as agriculture, industry, and population. This topical framework provides an insightful perspective for students to learn the similarities and differences that characterize the regions of these countries. Chapter 1, "Introduction," provides basic geographic background and places the United States and Canada in a global perspective. Then coverage of both countries is incorporated into each topical chapter, concluding with a separate chapter (14), "The Canadian Difference," which looks at Canadian-specific issues, such as the English/French language debate.


The Human Mosaic, Ninth Edition : A Thematic Introduction to Cultural Geography
Terry G. Jordan-Bychkov, Mona Domosh
0716739062
July 31, 2002
Paperback
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Globalization and Diversity : Geography of a Changing World
Lester Rowntree, et al
0131477390
July 2, 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Globalization and Diversity is an exciting contemporary approach to World Regional Geography that explicitly acknowledges the geographic changes that accompany today's rapid rate of globalization. Organizes each regional chapter into five thematic sections: Environmental Geography; Population and Settlement; Cultural Coherence and Diversity; Geopolitical Framework; Economic and Social Development. Features approximately 15 standardized maps in each regional chapter, including a chapter-opening map with countries and place names; a physical map, showing landforms hydrology, and tectonic boundaries; a climate map, with climograph call-outs giving temperature and precipitation data for specific cities; a "transformation of the Earth" map with call-outs to environmental issues and solutions within the region; a...

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