John's Reviews > Why Geography Matters: Three Challenges Facing America: Climate Change, the Rise of China, and Global Terrorism

Why Geography Matters by Harm de Blij
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Aug 22, 2008

really liked it
Read in April, 2006

saw de Blij speaking on one of the CSPAN channels a while back and decided to read his latest book. The book isn't as interesting as the talk he was giving, but it is still pretty good. He begins by recounting the decline in the teaching of geography in American schools (it was replaced by "Social Studies") and the marginalization of geography in academia as well. Then he demonstrates through examples how a poor understanding of geography has lead to multiple foreign policy blunders in the part of the US - you can guess what some of those are. The remainder of the book focuses on the geography of many looming problems, including the notable three in the subtitle, "climate change, the rise of China, and global terrorism." Not a great book, but good, and there is a lot of information in it, so you will learn something.
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