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Don't Know Much About Geography: Everything You Need to Know About the World but Never Learned [Hardcover]

Kenneth C. Davis
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Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Davis consistently does what your junior high teacher probably didn't; he makes geography amusing and riveting. From early concepts of whether the world was a disk floating in water (Thales) or pear-shaped (Columbus), Davis explains earthquakes, rain forests, Atlantis and whether there are canaries on the Canary Islands. In short, he covers the scientific, physical, and political history of the Earth and does his level best to raise our collective geographic IQ while entertaining us.

From Publishers Weekly

The author of the successful Don't Know Much About History returns to correct his countrymen's lack of knowledge about geography, a lack established when Americans aged 18 to 24 scored lowest on a 1988 test of geographic literacy given to young people of all industrialized nations. Davis writes with an entertaining, breezy touch and encompasses such interesting considerations as the origin of the belief in a race of Amazons. Besides essential geographic information, chapters cover the history of geographical studies, an overview of large cities of the past and present, the effect of climate on developing civilizations and astronomy. Helpful lists, ranging from glossaries to current and former names of countries and U.N. membership are included. Davis's eminently readable treatise should help remedy an ignorance that has even been discussed in the U.S. Senate. Author tour.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up-Kenneth C. Davis proves there is a lot more to geography then labeling countries on a map.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Any efforts to save the U.S. public from geographic illiteracy should certainly be encouraged. Davis attempts to achieve this goal with a cheerful writing style, a varied format--e.g., cartoons, text, milestones in geography, and quotations from fascinating travel writings of previous centuries--and an environmentalist bent. The text, which could have been better organized, begins with a historical overview of geography, then moves to mountains, oceans, early human history, climate, and space, and closes with a bibliography (including a list of books for children) and an index (not seen). For general collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/92.
- Mary L. Larsgaard, Univ. of California-Santa Barbara Map & Imagery Lab Lib.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Publisher

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap

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 of Don't Know Much About(r) History, Don't Know Much About(r) the Civil War and Don'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) Geography is enormously informative entertainment. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Who Killed The Dead Sea? Where was the Garden of Eden? What's So Bad About the Badlands?

Get on board as Kenneth C. Davis, author of the acclaimed national bestseller Don't Know Much About® History, 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.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Kenneth C. Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of Don't Know Much About® History, Don't Know Much About® the Civil War, and Don't Know Much About® the Bible. Davis appears regularly on national television and radio. He lives in New York with his wife and two children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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