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How to Lie with Maps Hardcover – 16 Apr 1996

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  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (16 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226534200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226534206
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,980,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mark Monmonier is distinguished professor of geography at Syracuse University s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Paul on 31 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
Any book that calls itself, "How to Lie with..." is simply begging for a reviewer to compare it to, "How to Lie with Statistics." The latter is a classic that is fun and educational. Unfortunately, this book falls short of deserving the title but it is still an interesting read. One of the main problems is that rather than being a guide to help avoid being fooled by maps, the author uses the book as an introduction to the science of cartography. It seems that a large portion of the book is aimed towards the prospective mapmaker. I found these parts to be a bit difficult to get through. Also, there are very few real life examples in the book. I would have liked to see more examples from newspapers or magazines in place of the samples the author provides. Some of the few real life examples are from Nazi Germany and the USSR and seem very dated.
That was the bad side but there are many good points to the book. The chapter on development maps was very interesting (although the attempts at humor are wasted) and should be required reading for anyone who is serving on a zoning board. Also, the discussion of choropleth maps is excellent and the reader will come away with a clear understanding of how these maps can be abused either deliberately or accidentally by the cartographer. The author shows examples of very different choropleth maps using the same data that will make you skeptical of anyone who uses choropleth maps to prove a point.
Although parts of the book drag, the book is short at 150 pages so it is a relatively quick read. I wouldn't say that it is required reading, but it will help you maintain a healthy skepticism about maps that you might encounter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antonina Contocra on 14 Feb. 2014
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It's very well-written! The author clearly explains difficult concepts! It is a book I have referred to often, with my GIS courses. I highly recommend it!!
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good book. easy to read.
full of interesting approaches on how maps are made to a specific purpose more than it's geographic original functions.
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By sunrise2000 on 19 Dec. 2014
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excellent read
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amy Robinson on 11 May 2010
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Fanatastic examples of how maps can be used to perswade people. Good set of pointers when creating your own maps.
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