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Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky
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Dec 27, 2010

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bookshelves: on-hold, geography, maps, islands

This is an elegant little atlas of islands around 5 km wide, with numerous fascinating histories of the strange things that have happened there. The typography and cartography are wonderful to behold. Sadly, the entire book is undermined by the complete lack of citations. You can't tell the story of a European who inexplicably spoke some Polynesian language, met a woman who spoke the same language natively, and then married her and left for the island without citing some sources. Without citations, it might as well be fiction.
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12/27/2010 page 20
14.0% "Scribere necesse est, vivere non est"
12/30/2010 page 72
50.0% "This Marc Liblin story REQUIRES citation."

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Ken-ichi She does mention that a lot of it is original research, but I'd still want to see citations for each independent story. Extraordinary claims, extraordinary evidence, etc.

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