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From bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis comes a treasure trove of answers to questions about our world. Was there an Atlantis? What's the smallest country in the world? What's the difference between a jungle and a rain forest? Kenneth C. Davis, author ofDon't Know Much About(r) History, Don't Know Much About(r) the Civil WarandDon't Know Much About(r) the Bible,turns his inimitable wit and wide-ranging knowledge to the subject of geography, and proves once and for all that there is a lot more to it than labeling countries on a map. From often amusing perceptions people have had through the ages about the world and the universe to the changing map of today, Davis shows how geography is really a great crossroad of many fields: biology, meteorology, astronomy, history, economics, and even politics. In this lively, entertaining, and endlessly fascinating presentation, you'll hear about the personalities that helped shape the world and learn the answers to questions that have vexed most of us since grade school. Along the way, Davis offers an affectionate ode to the earth: a celebration of the earth, a searching investigation of the destruction of our habitat, and a practical guide to saving our home planet. For anyone who has felt geographically ignorant ever since gas stations stopped handing out free maps,Don't Know Much About(r) Geographyis enormously informative entertainment.… (més)
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Títol:Don't Know Much About Geography: Everything You Need to Know About the World but Never Learned
Autors:Kenneth C. Davis
Informació:William Morrow & Co (1992), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 384 pages
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Good book, similar to "America's Hidden History". The author claims he's going to make Geography less dry for readers, but I don't think he really accomplishes that by discussing such things as ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greek, Persian, etc. societies. Certainly his tidbits are informational if you are already interested in Geography, but not enough to make the layman suddenly become a fan. I also thought his chapter on climate was too preachy. And I don't know if there's an updated edition, but the copy I read was copyrighted in approximately 1993. He mentions several times about how there's going to be an update to his figures in the late 90's, but it's annoying to know that we've passed that milestone and here I'm reading about outdated material. ( )
  Jeff.Rosendahl | Sep 21, 2021 |
Rather tedious at times and much heavier on the history than I expected.
  LaPhenix | Mar 21, 2017 |
Well that start date is kind of untrue. When I got this from the library I realized it was at 20% already and via LT I realized I'd started and abandoned this in 2015. I nearly did the same in 2016.

While either the e-book format and/or his update have addressed the factual errors mentioned in previous reviews, his updating of this book is random. In one breath he's talking about the fall of Yugoslavia as if it was yesterday and the Euro is a thing of the future. In another, he's talking about the fall of Mubarak and Arab Spring. While the book has good framework, it lacks a good organizational structure and/or cohesive narrative.

That said, some fun factoids and myth debunking: seven seas, four oceans, some of the ancient seven wonders and an interesting read. I enjoyed his snippets on the history behind mythical and biblical places and ongoing geographical questions such as whether Cleopatra was white.

"Of course, the ancients were not the only ones with strange ideas about geography" Oh so he met Sarah Palin in the course of his research. ( )
  skinglist | Feb 29, 2016 |
Everything you need to know about the world but never learned.
Who killed the dead sea?...Where was the garden of Eden?...What's so bad about the badlands?

The author of the critically acclaimed national bestseller Don't Know Much About History now takes us on a fascinating, breathtaking and hilarious grand tour of the planet Earth—opening our eyes and imaginations to a wide, wild, and wonderful world we never knew. ( )
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  Tutter | Mar 10, 2015 |
This was just the book I was looking for. Geography is a science not just of place names and boundaries, but of politics and culture and environment and history. I learned tons about exploration and wars and colonization and weather and climate and more, all in bite-sized chunks that somehow managed to be very accessible without talking down to the reader. I never felt embarrassed by my lack of knowledge, and it opened my eyes to a number of subjects I never knew could be interesting. Definitely recommended as a solid introduction. ( )
  melydia | Mar 24, 2014 |
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From bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis comes a treasure trove of answers to questions about our world. Was there an Atlantis? What's the smallest country in the world? What's the difference between a jungle and a rain forest? Kenneth C. Davis, author ofDon't Know Much About(r) History, Don't Know Much About(r) the Civil WarandDon't Know Much About(r) the Bible,turns his inimitable wit and wide-ranging knowledge to the subject of geography, and proves once and for all that there is a lot more to it than labeling countries on a map. From often amusing perceptions people have had through the ages about the world and the universe to the changing map of today, Davis shows how geography is really a great crossroad of many fields: biology, meteorology, astronomy, history, economics, and even politics. In this lively, entertaining, and endlessly fascinating presentation, you'll hear about the personalities that helped shape the world and learn the answers to questions that have vexed most of us since grade school. Along the way, Davis offers an affectionate ode to the earth: a celebration of the earth, a searching investigation of the destruction of our habitat, and a practical guide to saving our home planet. For anyone who has felt geographically ignorant ever since gas stations stopped handing out free maps,Don't Know Much About(r) Geographyis enormously informative entertainment.

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