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I Used to Know That: Geography

(I Used to Know That)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  44 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Do you know which countries border Afghanistan? Or the difference between Micronesia and Melanesia? And that 51 member states existed in 1945 at the founding of the UN and 192 exist today? It's hard to know everything about geography, that amazing science that explains the interaction of diverse physical, biological, and cultural features of the Earth's surface. However, I ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published June 9th 2011 by Readers Digest (first published May 27th 2010)
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Cherie (Myst)
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I read a general "I Used To Know That" book recently, and as Geography was one of my favourite High School Subjects I thought I would pick this one up also.

It's a books of facts, some that you will remember being taught at some stage, some maybe not, broken into the categories of The Physical World and The Human World. So, for example, there are facts about rivers and weather, but also about population and tourism.

A fun little fact refresher if you are so inclined :)
Williams, W. (2011). I used to know that: Geography. White Plains, NY: Reader’s Digest Association, Inc.

Review: School Library Journal -

Reference Type: Geographical Reference

DDC: 900

Content Scope: The author of this book presents discussions about the disparity between the very rich and very poor in America and in some other cultures. It includes many statistics as well.

Accuracy, Authority, Bias: The author is the head of the geography department at a sch
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In our ever changing world, it is important to have a general idea of geography. In this new book, Williams & Taggart lay out the basics of geography in an easy to read fashion. The book is broken into sections, making finding information about a specific area of the world a snap. Information dealing with continents, countries, capitals, and landforms abounds within these pages. There are also "Geo Gems" with fun information throughout the book(like "What is the difference between a rain for ...more
Dani Peloquin
Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Even though I hold a major in History, I haven’t taken a geography class since the 6th grade. Clearly, I had a lot to learn...or remember. This book single-handedly brought me up to date and gave me some great factoids to throw around.

Though this book is thin, it packs in some great information. The authors note that geography actually includes aspects of history, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, geology, etc. In an effort to prove this, they describe important historical events such as the
Dec 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: already-own
The information contained in this book is vast, but familiar to some extent. The paths made to make connections between different countries and relating them to culture and climate are well done. It was easy to follow along and not feel overwhelmed. The random facts that are contained throughout the book were interesting, not mundane.

The main thing that detracted from my enjoyment of this book were the maps. The maps were cut off at the edges of the page and the binding obscured the center of t
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've seen these books around for a few years and have been interested in picking them up. I love being reminded of what I've forgotten, or maybe never learned. I Used to Know That did not disappoint - it reminded me of all my favorite things from social studies without the group work.

In a way, I think education is wasted on kids. I mean, I guess they don't know anything so we've got to teach them something, but I appreciate so much more the nuances of international relations and can appreciate t
Oct 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: reference, arc, net-galley
This is a good reference guide with general knowledge on geography. I reviewed the e-arc and there were a lot of grammar mistakes that I hope will be fixed in the final version. I also own "My Grammar and I...or Should That Be Me?" from this series and I found it to be an even easier read because it was able to provide more examples. I felt like I retained more from that one than this one (that I didn't already know of course), but this one is a good reference to keep on hand. I STRONGLY discour ...more
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
The type of book I usually love but the information is a bit disjointed and the sentences don't always flow. I also find I cannot forgive some of the errors it purports to be truth. For example, the Australian equivalent of a hurricane is given as a willi-willi. Wrong! That would be a cyclone. A willi-willi is a much smaller revolving wind and is usually not tropical. A closer equivalent would be to describe it as a "mini-tornado". It often picks up dust so that you see the whirling movement but ...more
One to turn to if, like me, your memory of all things geographical is a giant cotton candy void
Russell Sadowski
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Lots of fun facts. Heavy on global warming preaching.
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a very informative and quick read. It is a good reference book to keep on the bookshelf.
Rick Bavera
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: geography, reference
I am being generous, giving the book a rating of 3.

Most of the book was enjoyable, a fun romp through the geography of the world.

However. there were several grammatical errors. The worst was a sentence that said (and I am paraphrasing here, I did not write it down for future reference to use in a review) "They made shaped the boundary by doing xyz." That is the essence---bad verb usage. My example is to show what they did with the verbs in the sentence.

But there were bigger errors, too. The auth
Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good summary of the basic areas of Geography.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Way more information than I ever learned at school never mind used to know! Very informative and a little book to dip into again on occasion.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
how do even rate a book like this, i mean it was all facts
kinda like a textbook but a bit less formal
cool tho

i learned the flag on the south pole is moved every year
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