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World Regional Geography: Global Patterns, Local Lives (with Subregions) 4th Edition

3.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0716777922
ISBN-10: 0716777924
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 625 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman; 4th edition (September 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716777924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716777922
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Pulsiphers' World Regional Geography is the worst textbook I have ever read. If I had not held the book in my hands, I would hardly believe that such trash could find a publisher. It is infuriating to consider how much care and effort thousands of aspiring writers have lavished on works that will never see the light of day, while W.H. Freeman launches this sloppy collection of nonsense into university bookstores to be foisted off on unsuspecting students.

The first sin of this geography book is to completely ignore 71% of the Earth's surface. There is no discussion of oceanic geography, and no mention of the IHO's addition of the Southern Ocean to the four traditional oceans. There is no meaningful description of marine life, except for a completely false statement that scientists believe the great whales will soon be extinct (while some whale species may indeed die out, blue and humpback populations are recovering). Military geography and geopolitics receive scant attention.

The authors discard the traditional continent-by-continent approach to geography in favor of a "regional" analysis. While the continental approach certainly has its drawbacks, the regional system proffered in this book is no improvement. The Pulsiphers' system completely omits Antarctica - 14 million square kilometers of the Earth's land! The new regional nomenclature is confusing, as when it calls the region between the Rio Grande and the Arctic Ocean by the old name of "North America," which traditionally describes the continent from the Isthmus of Panama northward. Other names are too cumbersome to use, like "Middle and South America" or worse, "Russia and the Newly Independent States." Lastly, no common method has been used for designating the different regions.
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I am halfway through this book, and I find it to be written completely from the authors' biased points of view. It has a lot of anti- american sentiment and blames most of the problems of the world on any country or group that has had any money/success. I don't mind a liberal point of view, as I consider myself to be a moderate (politcally), but this goes a bit beyond my idea of what a 'geography' book should be presenting. There is also a lot of attention paid to the little, tiny country of Slovenia, which just happens to be where the authors are from), while major countries in Europe and the rest of the world are covered in 1/2 a paragraph. The intro chapter talks about Slovenia's dying language, the European section talks about Slovenia splitting from the European Union. We have to read a case study about the Changing Agricultural business in Slovenia....My goodness!

Honestly, I don't have much to say that is very positive about the book. Instead of giving it's readers the facts and allowing them to come up with their own educated point of veiw, the point of view of the author is very clearly stated. I don't even disagree with much of what the author believes, but I do wish that the book would read with less bias and leave the discussion for the classroom. I would have liked a little more factual evidence of geographic information and problems.

The book reads like an editorial column...
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This textbook was a requirement for one of my geography classes at SJSU. It was very easy to understand and help me get a good grade in the class :)
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By ScoMan on October 31, 2010
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All that I will say is HOLY WOW.

As described by other reviews lots of political trash in this book. Also nothing about the oceans as a whole, and nothing about Antarctica. I'm not going to reproduce what others have said, only I do agree with what they have said.

One thing I will add, I thought there was way too much information for anyone trying to keep pace with a college class. Some chapters are 100+ pages on lots of information, which sadly much of it never is retained due to the shear amount of it. I'm sure there is a better way to present the information in an easier to retain way.
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Textbook came in good condition just as listed. Was great to use for my college geog. homework. Also appreciated the free map that was included.
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