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4.0 out of 5 stars Compromised by printing defects, October 10, 2010
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This review is from: Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the "Real" America (Hardcover)
This terrific work is compromised by the lack of maps ... the lack of maps in sufficient size to be readable ... and the lack of maps in color. Contrary to the book jacket, the internal county-by-county maps are reduced in size and printed in varying shades of black-and-white, making them almost illegible to the reader. Trying to depict data graphically on 5,000+ counties is a challenge anyway; reducing maps to half-page size in various gray halftones is frustrating to the reader. The cheap paper stock used in the production of this book further compromises the already-muddy look of the various maps, charts, and graphs. This is an example of a fine work compromised by poor design.
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Initial post: Oct 21, 2010 8:48:06 AM PDT
nn says:
Have you visited http://www.patchworknation.org/?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2010 2:12:18 PM PDT
Yes, great Web site. But it's the book I'm reviewing, not the Web site. The book is well-written, but visually and graphically deficient.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2011 5:45:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 15, 2011 5:46:34 PM PDT
Mr. Klinger, if you (and other readers here) don't know yet, the March ATLANTIC MONTHLY has a two-page spread on pp. 70-71 called "The 12 States of America." All 12 clusters are represented and the color is very. . . well, colorful.

You can also go to theatlantic dot com and get the basic "blank" array of counties, then fill them in, one for each of the 12 clusters. I find it interesting how different the respective colors appear between high-speed litho and VGA and following generations of color monitors. On page the minority cluster shows a medium barney purple but on screen, more of a dark grape-juice effect. But that's an argument for a later time.
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