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TITLE: Geography for Dummies
AUTHOR: Charles Heatwole
DATE PUBLISHED: 2002
Geography for Dummies provides a brief overview of the geography you should have learned in middle-school. Topics covered in the book include Mapwork; Physical Geography (e.g. volcanoes, earthquakes, climate, etc); Population Geography (movement and distribution of people); and Economic Geography (resources, economic activities, urban geography, environmental issues, etc). The book also provides many diagrams and lists of organizations for geographic information (useless unless you live in the USA), geographical occupations, geographical websites, and a chapter on oddball topics like the Bermuda Triangle or how "Democratic Republics" are usually anything but democratic.
This book provides a basic, superficial outline of the listed topics, using simple words, a chatty writing style and many examples (most of them from the USA) - I suppose this is what one should expect from a book subtitled "for Dummies". Personally I found the chattiness rather long-winded and the simplistic explanations annoying (I wanted more information!).
In short, an informative, albeit basic, book if you know nothing about geography, rather superficial if you want something more detailed.
All throughout this book I kept asking what he now had to say about this and that because it is three years since he wrote the book and Korea has a nuclear weapons capabilities now and the US has a new president and a number of other significant changes. Fascinating book. It will give you a whole new understanding of the world we live in.
Again, this is a good conversation starter and starting place to learn more, but it needs editing. Photos were nice, well taken. The ends of the books are a bit preachy about using too much and needing to share with others....don't think I am going to mail water anywhere. I do know that my children are water babies and love water areas, but when we went to the lake over a winter, we discovered how much trash was in the water and how they might have ended up injured from all the broken glass, the needles, and rusted beer cans. Every year, I say I will go and help with the cleanup, but never make it due to other obligations. One of these days, we may make it up there to help clean up.