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How to Lie with Maps by Mark S. Monmonier
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Jul 13, 09

bookshelves: teaching, non-fiction
Read in July, 2009

Monmonier's How to Lie with Maps follows in the footsteps of Darrell Huff's How To Lie With Statistics, focusing on the tricks of mapmaking. In short, maps are depictions of information with geographical meaning and as such they may misreport with or without intent. Monmonier introduces the most important cartography notions and gives many examples of "lying with maps" for various purposes. Despite the use of smart phrase-turns and of coining interesting words such as "cartopropaganda"--the use of cartography in propaganda--, the book falls short from its purpose in that it describes only basic (and thus gross) misuses of maps and it over-analyzes these misuses.
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