- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; 1St Edition edition (1991)
- ASIN: B00165CUY2
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,474,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Nine Nations of North America Hardcover – 1991
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As the holder of a B.A. in Geography, I winced at his choice of the word `nation' when clearly the better term is `region'. Nations are not defined by their interests and way of life, but rather an elusive mix of shared histories, cultures, and socio-political happenstances. However, Garreau's work serves to remind geographers that regions are indeed best defined by interests and way of life, despite much attention given to religious or institutional commonalties (i.e. "civilizations") recently.
What do I think of Garreau's boundaries? Let me answer this way: my brother-in-law recently remarked to me that in trying to correct misconceptions his fellow students at Harvard have about the Midwest, he'd explained that he felt Michigan was a lot more like Pennsylvania (typically considered a "Northeastern/Mid-Atlantic/East Coast" state) than it was like Kansas (often grouped with Michigan as a "Midwestern" state). I laughed and handed him Joel Garreau's Nine Nations of North America.Read more ›
Certainly many parts of the book are quaint - I particularly enjoyed his emphasis on Seattle's aviation industry and the emerging Silicon Valley of California. Yet the larger issue he points out: that North America is culturall divided primarily by economics, but also by social outlook and culture, remains relevant and hauntingly accurate.
Taken with a grain of salt to make allowances for the time that has passed since its publication (I, too, would welcome a revised edition), it is a fascinating read on America and largly remains relevant, particularly in the age of NAFTA and CAFTA.
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For an immigrant like myself, back in the 1980's when I first arrived here, this boom helped me understand America... Read morePublished 4 months ago by JBTW-e
"The Nine Nations of North America" came out in 1981. Now, thirty-four years later, it's very close to being as timely as when it was written. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lisa
Wonderful study of why we live where we live including sociological history, cultural geography of our very diverse country. Highly recommended for out Congress!! 😏Published 14 months ago by southpaw thrower
Interesting book if you think that it is the United States of AmericaPublished 15 months ago by Goodwdav
Entertaining and pretty spot on for most areas that I have lived in the U.S.Published 15 months ago by Nicole Opbroek
A truly eye opening book. I’ve lived in America most of my life and this was like seeing it for the first time. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dean