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Who Owns the World: The Surprising Truth About Every Piece of Land on the Planet Paperback – January 29, 2010
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Rob McMahon is a freelance writer and editor with more than fifteen years experience in book publishing.
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This is a pretty thick book, but like many resource books, I don't think it is necessarily meant to be read from cover to cover. It features listings of all the major countries in the world, and all the states of the United States. Each listing contains facts and figures about land ownership, but also background information about how the piece of land was originally procured or confiscated. I truly found the background information very interesting. Especially when it came to the states of the U.S., it was very educational to find out just how the government came to own these pieces of land. I will be using this book to go along with some of our homeschooling curriculum. I was shocked to discover how much property that Queen Elizabeth II owned! There are so many British commonwealths and territories all around the world!
I also enjoyed comparing and contrasting the different countries. I know.... I'm a nerd. :) For instance, Alaska is about the size of the country of Iran (every country or territory listed also has a the country closest in size listed with it for easy comparison) and has about 670 acres per person. Iran on the other hand has only has 6 acres per person. Some of these countries are horribly crowded, like India with only 0.7 acres per person! In a country that large, can you imagine such a large population?Read more ›
But this book is marred by a major flaw, that of trying to impose the author's particular feelings on how land ownership should be dealt with, rather than investigating the reasons and history of how it is currently set up, and just how the world economies are very dependent on such distribution. In the first chapter, the author continuously points out that there is plenty of land for everybody, several acres for every man, woman, and child on the planet, and that if only such a equal distribution could be achieved, all the worlds troubles would go away. While it is certainly true that many of the world's wars have been over ownership of particular pieces of land, what this author misses are several facts:
1. Large portions of the world's surface, while technically marginally habitable, in reality will not support any type of heavy-density human presence.Read more ›
Though most of the 369-page paperback is devoted to information about who controls every square inch of land, authors Kevin Cahill and Rob McMahon explain their purpose in putting this book together:
This book asserts that the main cause of most remaining poverty in the world is an excess of landownership in too few hands. This book will also assert that private ownership of a very small amount on land - one-tenth of an urban acre or an acre or two of rural land - granted to every person on the planet has the potential to, and, I believe, begin ending poverty on a global basis. The book will go further and reassert that the right to the direct ownership of land is a fundamental human right.
After a 60-page introduction that unpacks these assertions, the remainder of the book surveys every country of the world, giving information about population, size, gross national income, percentage of land held by private owners, a line or two about the country's history, and an explanation of how the country is owned.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kevin Cahill is a half-wit. He is an icon of historical illiteracy; a maestro in weaving meaningless, mass-society pop-history. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Matthew Johnson
have not read yet but will very soon, but if I know Kevin Cahill it will be fairly accuratePublished 9 months ago by James Neary
This book is extremely important because it points to the root injustice that is the origin of all others: control of the land by the few, who deny the birthright of the many which... Read morePublished on January 14, 2012 by Colin D. Donoghue
I bought this book because I like statistics. However, After the first two items I looked at the data was so glaringly off-base I returned the book. Read morePublished on August 15, 2010 by R. R. Lunn
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