Synopses & Reviews
As its new, elaborated title suggests, The World Today: Concepts and Regions in Geography focuses on the geography of the world toward the close of the first decade of the twenty-first century and serves as a guide to geographic ideas and perspectives, past and present.
Authors H. J. de Blij and Peter Muller continue in their tradition of providing authoritative content, currency, and outstanding cartography in a concise, technology-rich package with the third edition of The World Today: Concepts and Regions in Geography. Thoroughly updated, the third edition includes a new, engaging and currency-driven photo program, expanded data, and a new chapter feature--What's Driving Geographic Change in the Realm.
Building upon the strength and success of deBlij & Muller's best-selling Geography: Realms, Regions, and Concepts, this book offers all of the content that has made Regions the definitive World Regional Geography text but in a briefer, technological-rich package. At about one-half the length of most world regional texts, the text offers brief regional descriptions, applications of core concepts, and definitions to acquaint the reader with the spatial interconnections between the human and physical systems of the earth.
Anyone interested in learning about geographic concepts will appreciate this concise book. The fourth edition presents authoritative content, currency, and outstanding cartography in a technology-rich package. Readers will learn about the most important concepts through a streamlined pedagogy. New coauthor Antoinette WinklerPrins also helps create a seamless integration of multimedia with traditional narrative. An engaging photo program and updated data help make The World Today an exciting book for any reader.
About the Author
Author, professor and television personality Harm de Blij
(pronounced duh Blay) for seven years was the popular Geography Editor on ABC's "Good Morning America". In 1996 he joined NBC News as Geography Analyst, appearing mostly on MSNBC. His series "The Power of Place" continues to air on PBS stations.
He specializes in geopolitical and environmental issues, and has held named chairs at Georgetown University, Marshall University, and the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. de Blij currently is Distinguished Professor of Geography at Michigan State University, where he also taught throughout the decade of the 1960s. In the interim, he chaired the Geography Department at the University of Miami and served as editor at the National Geographic Society. His advocacy of Geography in the media and on the public lecture circuit has taken him to virtually all corners of the United States; his work in research, teaching, and television has spanned the globe. In 1994 National Geographic Society President Gilbert Grosvenor appointed Dr. de Blij an Honorary Life Member of the Society.
Peter O. Muller is Professor of Geography at the University of Miami. Dr. Muller is a nationally recognized expert on suburbanization in the U.S. His primary research interest involves the changing geography of employment within large U.S. metropolitan areas. Jobs are steadily suburbanizing as cities continue their restructuring. It is commonly believed that employment is heavily concentrating in suburban downtowns or "edge cities" but the evidence he has gathered so far suggests that the dispersion of commercial-office-based activity is the more important force. He therefore hypothesizes the presence of "edgeless cities." This may indicate that suburban sprawl may be as pervasive for nonresidential activities as it is for residential decentralization.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Europe.
Chapter 2. Russia.
Chapter 3. North America.
Chapter 4. Middle America.
Chapter 5. South America.
Chapter 6. Subsaharan Africa.
Chapter 7. North Africa/Southwest Asia.
Chapter 8. South Asia.
Chapter 9. East Asia.
Chapter 10. Southeast Asia.
Chapter 11. The Austral Realm.
Chapter 12. The Pacific Realm.
Appendix A. Metric Standard International (SI) and Customary Units and their Conversions.
Appendix B. Area and Demographic Data for the World's States.
List of Maps and Figures.