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Why Geography Matters: Three Challenges Facing America: Climate Change, the Rise of China, and Global Terrorismby Harm De Blij
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Over the next half century, the human population, divided by culture and economics and armed with weapons of mass destruction, will expand to nearly 9 billion people. Abrupt climate change may throw the global system into chaos; China will emerge as a superpower; and Islamic terrorism and insurgency will threaten vital American interests. How can we understand these and other global challenges? Harm de Blij has a simple answer: by improving our understanding of the world's geography.
In Why Geography Matters, de Blij demonstrates how geography's perspectives yield unique and penetrating insights into the interconnections that mark our shrinking world. Preparing for climate change, averting a cold war with China, defeating terrorism: all of this requires geographic knowledge. De Blij also makes an urgent call to restore geography to America's educational curriculum. He shows how and why the U.S. has become the world's most geographically illiterate society of consequence, and demonstrates the great risk this poses to America's national security.
Peppering his writing with anecdotes from his own professional travels, de Blij provides an original treatise that is as engaging as it is eye opening. Casual or professional readers in areas such as education, politics, or national security will find themselves with a stimulating new perspective on geography as it continues to affect our world.
Book News Annotation:
In 1995, Blij (geography, Michigan State U.) wrote a book about the world from a geographic perspective for television watchers. Here he presents a new look focusing more on the US, and taking into account three factors that did not seem crucial a decade ago, but do now. His underlying arguments is that geographic literacy is a matter of national security, and that the weak state of geographic knowledge among Americans constitutes a critical disadvantage in an increasingly complex world. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In this entertaining work, de Blij demonstrates how geography's perspectives yield unique and penetrating insights into the interconnections that mark the shrinking world. Includes maps and charts.
About the Author
Harm de Blij is Distinguished Professor of Geography at Michigan State University. The author of over 30 books, he is an honorary life member of the National Geographic Society and was for seven years the Geography Editor on ABC's "Good Morning America."
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