How to Lie with Maps (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0226534213
ISBN-10: 9780226534213
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From the Back Cover

Originally published to wide acclaim, this lively, cleverly illustrated essay on the use and abuse of maps teaches us how to evaluate maps critically and promotes a healthy skepticism about these easy-to-manipulate models of reality. As Monmonier show, maps not only point the way and provide information, maps lie. In fact, they must.

About the Author

Mark Monmonier is distinguished professor of geography at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


Mark Monmonier is distinguished professor of geography at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0226534219
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Chicago Press; 2nd edition (May 1, 1996)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 207 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780226534213
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0226534213
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book with applications outside of cartography
By Reasonable Reviewer on March 9, 2019
I have always loved maps. When I saw the entry for "How to Lie with Maps," I imagined that it talked about how well meaning cartographers occasionally conveyed the wrong information to the unsuspecting public.

While there is some of that, Mark Monmonier is more "on nose" by pointing out how one can use maps to paint the picture that you want to show.

(Please see the enclosed pictures.)

Mark is someone that knows his way around a map. He understands the governing bodies, rules, regulations, and common conventions - and, how to use those to get your point across.

The first chapters cover the point that all maps are inaccurate, but some convey useful information. The triumvirate of scale, projection, and map symbols must necessarily be somewhat inaccurate. Mark gives the example that if a road was the width shown on the map then it would be a mile wide on the ground.

The techniques Mark described in this "Eleven Rules for Polishing ..." apply to almost any graphical medium.

I will be a more careful consumer of graphical images in the future.

Well done Mark Monmonier!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for GIS students
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4.0 out of 5 stars Was manche Kartographen so treiben und wie man sie durchschaut
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