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People and Places

Reading List

Population Geography
Cultural Geography
Genocide in Darfur
Political Geography
Agricultual Geography
Genetic Engineering -- US vs World?
Urban Geography
Economic Geography
Reading List
AP prep

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WHO KILLED THE DEAD SEA?...WHERE WAS THE GARDEN OF EDEN?...WHAT'S SO BAD ABOUT THE BADLANDS? The author of the critically acclaimed national bestseller Dont Know Much About History now takes us on a fascinating, breathtaking and hilarious grand tour of the planet Earth--opening our eyes and imaginations To a wide, wild, and wonderful world we never knew

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 What did the author intend for the reader in writing this book? 

Provide examples from the book of lessons that would apply any place or time. These lessons should deal, if possible, with threads of humanity or the universal condition. If you do not feel there is any lesson to be learned from your book, explain why.

Use passages to support answer.
Integrate, where applicable, the five geographic themes of place/location, movement, perception, human/environment interaction, and region. If you are unsure of the definitions of these terms, you will find them in your textbook, any dictionary, or a Web inquiry related to the "five themes of geography." You do not have to address them all, just the ones that apply to your book!
Kunstler, James Howard. Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape. Simon and Schuster, June 1993.

This book deals with suburbanization and urban development in the United States and how they have altered our cultural landscape.

Lapierre, Dominique. City of Joy. Doubleday, October 1985.

This book deals with the culture of the poor in India. Likewise, it gives a clear picture of agricultural life and the impact of religion on day-to-day life in India.

Friedman, Thomas. Longitudes and Attitudes. Anchor, August 2003.

Friedman's exceptionally frank and convincing columns offer an insightful post-September 11 diary. He asks questions surrounding that day and offers a reporter's perspective on the world from outside U.S. borders. Thomas Friedman is an eminent columnist for the New York Times.

Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. HarperCollins, 2002.

This is a great book related to the "fast food" culture of America. It tells the story of how America and much of the "globalized" world has become a repository for eating "fast food" and embracing the "fast culture" of America. The book also takes an in-depth look at fast food's associated impact on agricultural and economic practice.

Herzog, Brad. States of Mind. John F. Blair Pub., 2000.

Paraphrased from the book jacket: "Can you find love in Love, Virginia? Is there inspiration in Inspiration, Arizona? The author took stock of his Generation X lifestyle and didn't like what he discovered. So he and his wife emptied their bank accounts, packed everything into a Winnebago, and set a course for a fabled America they weren't sure existed. What began as a literal search for the small places on the map became a figurative examination of the small places of the heart, a quest for virtues lost amid negativity and disillusionment. Examples from the book include: Justice, West Virginia, where one-half the population descends from the Hatfields and McCoys, to Harmony, California, and a town that's up for sale and can be yours for the right price."

Zakaria, Fareed. The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad. W. W. Norton, 2003.

Zakaria contends that something has gone wrong with democracy in America, which has descended into "a simple-minded populism that values popularity and openness." The solution, Zakaria says, is more appointed bodies, like the World Trade Organization and the U.S. Supreme Court, which are effective precisely because they are insulated from political pressures.

Foner, Eric. Who Owns History? Rethinking the Past in a Changing World. Hill and Wang, 2003.

This book is a collection of essays that span Dr. Foner's career as a preeminent historian. The Columbia University professor takes an in-depth look at how the concept of freedom has been promoted throughout the history of the United States. As well, Foner looks at the complex and controversial topic of how globalization has affected how people from other parts of the world view American "freedom."