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“a visually stunning collection of 40 chapters that lays bare the condition of the modern US.”
(Tim Hall Times Higher Education 2011-07-28) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Cynthia Enloe is Research Professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Joni Seager is Professor and Chair of Global Studies at Bentley University in Boston, Massachusetts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 1 edition (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143119354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143119357
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Real State of America: Mapping the Myths and Truths of The United States is an atlas of statistical data pertaining to the USA and how they rate with the rest against the world.

This 128-page book is packed solid with references, maps, graphics, illustrations, essays and statistics. It explores the myths and the realities of Americans living in the 21st century.

Topics include the wage gap, the economy, export/imports, marriage/divorce, foreclosures/homelessness, the environment, nuclear arms, climate change and so much more. Each shows the reader, in detail, the percentage of Americans who are affected and how they rate globally.

The Real State of America breaks this information down into rates for men, woman, by nationality, age et cetera and shows how each group combines to make up the statistics. Most of the facts and figures are up-to-date, with many of the reports from 2008-2010.

Cynthia Enloe is a Research Professor from Clark University and in 2010 she was awarded the Howard Zinn Lifetime Achievement Award in Peace studies. Joni Seager is a Professor and Chair of Global Studies at Bentley University, has several books accredited to her as well as, working with the UN and UNESCO in further world benefiting projects.

These two women have collected all the data that you will find within these pages and have presented it by an easy-to-follow method. Their aim is to bring further awareness to the decline of the "American Dream" and discredit the myth involving the "Land of Opportunity".

What does it really mean to live in the United States of America?
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Mapping the Myths and Truths of the United States is a must read--or, rather must see. There is so much stunning (yes), thoughtful, information in each two-page spread. The book made me think of the best museum signage in the world. How do you make complex information/analysis accessible in just a few sentences? How do you make what could be considered really specialized `knowledge' accessible to an audience of diverse backgrounds and interests.

Whether Enloe and Seager's book is left on the cocktail table for sharing or in the bathroom for private pondering, it will leave you thinking and wondering and wanting to talk. The Real State of America Atlas is an important book for all of us who care about community, our country, and U.S. influence and impact on the world.
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First, let me explain why I like this atlas.

The data is great. A lot of very useful and illuminating information is packed into this slim volume. From personal experience I can vouch that the authors are working with top-notch sources for their graphics, although I wish that they would cite them more clearly.

The graphical presentation is also superb: very colorful, very creative and very engaging.

Now, the downsides.

The accompanying text is not top-quality. This is not to quibble with the authors' politics (Enloe in particular has written much on the intersection of international politics, militarism and feminism). Rather, the writing itself leaves much to be desired, especially in its overuse of "scare quotes" around every other "word". In addition, the text often makes sweeping generalizations that would seem to obscure, rather than to illuminate, the real state of America (examples such as "Americans eat big" and "Americans live, breathe and sleep sports"). Often this text is actually fact-devoid: for example, there is an infobox in the Native American section (you can see it in the preview) about the use of Native American Indian terms by school-based and professional sports teams, while not mentioning the numbers, the trend line, or acknowledging that some usages are sanctioned by affected Native Nations.

An additional issue is with the maps: often an abstract map of the United States is used in the graphics (to demonstrate obesity rates by state, say). This style of map shows each state as essentially a block floating in space, not connected to the other states.
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This is a very interesting view of where we are. The few factual items I have researched align pretty well with material in the book. No doubt, the authors have some bias here and there. People who only want facts that reafirm their beliefs may be disappointed, but that is the point. Facts sometimes surprise us and hopefully help us make better decisions.
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This book had lots of colors and was easy to understand. It used lots of graphs and pictures to illustrate sociological statistics.
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This atlas is amazing! It is not just geography, it is crammed full of amazing facts and figures. It sits in my living room, and everyone seems to pick it up. Once they open it, they are hooked. It is so interesting and intriguing, a definite positive addition to my coffee table.
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