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1. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates
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2. The Cultural Landscape (7th Edition)
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20. The End of Nature : Tenth Anniversary

1. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond
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Catlog: Book (1999-04)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Sales Rank: 299
Average Customer Review: 3.94 out of 5 stars
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion --as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war --and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth club of California's Gold Medal. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Impressive Achievement
Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel sets out a huge goal for itself, the examination and explanation for the direction of 13,000 years of human society around the world. It would be foolish to spend much looking at the points where his thesis may fail instead of spending more time marveling at the mighty achievement he did accomplish. Of course, taking such a large chunk of history and creating a theory to explain all of its shifts will not always be a perfect but it is wonderful to see just how much of history can be explained by his wonderfully all-encompassing ideas. With the soul of a scientist, Jared Diamond has created a wonderful synthesis to explain the development of writing, agriculture, conquest, disease and many, many other factors. Historians may balk at the largeness of such ideas, not seen Karl Marx found a convenient explanation for all human history, but it is a wonderful book to read, whether it is delighting or frustrating. It gives the reader much to think about and hopefully allows a new perspective to blossom among all of one's older, inherited ideas. A marvelous book.

4-0 out of 5 stars A whole new way of seeing the world
This 400 page summation of 13,000 years of history is hard to put down when it begins and hard to finish when you reach its final quarter. Diamond's friendly style draws the reader in immediately, making the book feel not only lively but vitally important as well. What could be more important or interesting than the reasons why the world has turned out the way that it has?

Without a doubt, this is an important book, and not because it won a Pulitzer. Diamond makes a convincing case as he argues against notions that were quite popular when he wrote this at the close of the 90s. He refutes the notions of The Bell Curve, which used pretend science to claim that blacks were destined by genetics to be less intelligent than whites and Asians. Instead, he shows that the reasons why Europeans ended up dominating most of the world instead of Africans or native Australians or Americans are myriad, but boil down to a reasonable set, including: Eurasia's size advantage; the fortunate combination of ancient plants and large animals available for domestication; its east-west axis, making the spread of plant and animal domesticates easier by keeping them in the same climate; and its relatively mild barriers, like the Urals, which posed less a division than rain forests, high mountains, and deserts in the Americas and Africa.

The thrilling opening and friendly style are eventually tempered by a repetition of these primary causes; Diamond explores numerous situations around the world, from New Guinea to the New World, and makes essentially the same arguments about each region, adding only nuances for the particulars of each place. It's the beginning of the book that's got the goods-the fourth part, especially, is a litany of details that are less captivating because the reader has learned enough to predict many of them.

Still, this is a very useful book for understanding the world, and it will arm you with facts to use against anyone who claims that a person's intellect can be predicted by his or her race. Diamond also shows how present conflicts on the world stage are very similar to ones that have been going on for 40,000 years, casting modernity in the same light as prehistory. And, while the fourth part is slower than the rest, the epilogue explains why Europe leapt ahead of Asia in the last millennium, an explanation that is both fascinating and worth learning from.

Why did Europe colonize America and not the other way around? If you'd like to know, read this book. It's weighty stuff, but it will reward you richly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good for all types of readers.
I read this book purely for pleasure, unlike a lot of people I know who have read it for class or as part of an academic exercise. I simply like to pick a book that will challenge me in between fiction books. This book did not disappoint.

This is a rare work in that it can appeal to academics and pleasure readers. The knowledge and research behind the concepts in the book are complex and detailed, but Diamond does such an excellent job of explaining things, that you can easily sometimes forget the vast amount of information that he had to assimilate in order to put forth this hypothesis.

There are also two main points from the book that I took. One is the merely academic and scientific data that you learn from the book. I do not have a science, anthropologic, or linguistic background, so I learned a great deal from this book. But secondly, there is a very clear goal of this book to discount the foundations of racism. This is a lesson that every reader from this book can take with them and actually use in real life. I was struck at how this book can have such a dual purpose, and this makes it truly unique in my opinion.

Sure, there are vast generalizations that are made in a work such as this, just as there are in any history book, but this book has excellent points, is well researched, and makes solid arguments. I would definitely read another book by Jared Diamond and will definitely not forget the lessons I learned in this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great if you ever wondered how our cultures got here
If you have curiosity about how the big picture of civilizations emerged - for example, why it was the European civilizations dominating with ships and guns and not the American civilizations - you should really enjoy this book. Yes, Jared Diamond has biases (he clearly doesn't like people who believe whites are genetically superior to other races) but he weaves a fantastic story with scientific facts and elegant reasoning. Many facts (relating to plant and animal science) are clearly and concisely presented. Other facts are obvious once pointed out (the lack of domesticatable animals in sub-Saharan Africa, or how long it takes for domesticated plants to adjust to different climates) you have these great "Aha" moments while reading. I loved how his arguments came together.

Are there cons? Well, certain chapters in the second half of the book do repeat parts of the first half. It adds to the clarity (showing how the same principles can apply to different parts of the world), but if you "got it" the first time, some parts of the book can get long. Given how this book can change the way you look at different peoples and cultures, I can forgive him for repeating himself.

If you like science and are curious about how environment shaped, or better, limited civilizations, get this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars NO PIGS!
Because a new crop of bushy tailed Ivy League students are sure to be required to pick up a copy of this book before their orientations, before even being allowed on campus, there are a few things that you should know about this book before you do start.

Even though there are plenty of wild pigs in New Guinea, which could have been domesticated at any time during the last 100,000 years, Jared Diamond describes the natural fauna in New Guinea as if it were the most protein deficient wasteland on earth. No protein, hmmmm, what could this mean? Why, those poor people!

And even though you would think that this work might lose all credibility if when discussing human cultures, he were to leave out such a grossly significant fact, as the observation that the rugged terrain of the thousands of square miles of the New Guinea highlands is most well known, among educated people, as the home of a people that have been nothing for thousands of years but stone age men without a written language, or any metal tools, but with a human bone or a nasal shell through their septum because they are the world's most feared cannibals.

Yet not one word will you find in this book about that, but with a subtle nod of Jared's head for those in the know, wink wink, that oh, their natural diet has no protein. So, of course, the same trade routes and tasty plants that led other peoples to great things, through no fault or effort of their own, left these poor people in New Guinea very hungry. Very hungry for protein!

You will kill anyone who disagrees with you, by the end of this great work, about the fact that all cultures just have different ways of solving the same universal problems, like protein deficiency for example. And that socialism and capitalism and communism and cannibalism are all just different ways of accomplishing the very same things. Except for capitalism, of course, which is grossly unfair to the poor and to be despised!

You will always have a warm feeling in your stomach, as well, at the secret thoughts that you will imagine that you only realize to yourself after reading this book, about how white boys aren't really anything special after all, despite what you had previously been tricked into believing, in how they just happened to find themselves on east west trade routes near plants that just happened to contain protein.

Of course, you will find many other new ideas in this book, such as Jared Diamond's suggestion in the introduction, that Western civilization encourages white boys to pass on their genes, no matter how intellectually deficient they might be, because Western civilization makes so few demands upon its citizens. Which is why you must be given this book to read even before your orientation, while you are still unlearned enough to not even know about the famous conch shell collecting New Guinea cannibals. ... Read more

2. The Cultural Landscape (7th Edition)
by James M. Rubenstein
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Catlog: Book (2002-06-14)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This mid-edition revision of the seventh edition of The Cultural Landscape has been revised to incorporate the September 11th attack on the United States. The book has an established track record as the leader in the field due to its timeliness and readability. It is widely praised because it is clearly written and organized, up-to-date, and it approaches topics in ways that appeal to the majority of readers.This new editon includes topics such as a geographic tools box titled “Aftermath of Terror”, a new heading in chapter 6 called “Taliban vs. Western Values” which discusses Islam in the context of extremist positions, and a new Key Issue in Chapter 8 called “Why has terrorism increased?”For readers who want to know morwe about geography and the changing world. ... Read more

3. The Cultural Landscape : An Introduction to Human Geography (8th Edition)
by James M. Rubenstein
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Catlog: Book (2004-02-23)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Trusted for its timeliness and readability, this book introduces geography by emphasizing the relevance of geographic concepts to human problems. Two years after Rubenstein's Update Edition was created to encompass the events of September 11, 2001, this revision also begins the careful process of putting those events into perspective.Provides new "Global Forces and Local Impacts" boxes in each chapterthat explore in depth an issue related to chapter material, focusing on particular regions of the world. Includes new material on medical geography, terrorism, mineral resources, sustainable development, conservation, and biodiversity. Presents new information on gender differences in development . Expands material on Ethnicity, relating ethnicity problems to political conflict; also incorporates material previously found elsewhere in the book, such as U.S. urban patterns and South Africa's history of apartheid.For anyone interested in learning more about world geography. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Refund
I realized after placing the order that I wasn't quite ready to buy the book and my money was refunded instantly.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great for AP Human Geography
Currently I am taking an AP Human Geography class in my high school and this is the book we were assigned to buy.This book has wonderful charts and pictures along with descriptions.This book goes into depth and doesn't only touch the surface.I recomend this book to AP Human Geography teachers and students! ... Read more

4. The Human Mosaic, Ninth Edition : A Thematic Introduction to Cultural Geography
by Terry G. Jordan-Bychkov, Mona Domosh
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Catlog: Book (2002-07-31)
Publisher: W. H. Freeman
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars informative but biased
I took courses with Dr. Lester Rowntree during 1981 and 1990 at San Jose State University. I found him to be very knowledgeable except about Islam. This textbook which is co-authored by Dr. Rowntree contains misleading or inaccurate statements about Islam. For example, It stated in page 180 and 181 (fourth edition), that Islam spread by militaristic conquests while christianity spread by contact conversion. This is not accurate. In page 185 the authors contended that, despite the Muslims belief, the black stone in the Holy Mosque in Mecca is a meteorite. In the next page the authors stated, under the picture of the Ka'aba, that pilgrims come from afar to Mecca, for they believe that the black stone was sent down from heaven by Allah, the Islamic god. The problems with this understatement are, first: Muslims believe that Allah is the personal name of God the creator and lord of all creatures not just Muslims; second: Muslims come to Mecca not for the sake of the black stone, but because they were commanded in the Holy Quran to perform Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetimes. It is also appropriate to mention that the pilgrimage was first initiated at the time of the prophets Abraham and his son Ismail who built the Holy Mosque in Mecca long before the advent of Islam. Unlike the case with Judaism in page 191 this book ignored, in pages 192-193, the fact that the Islamic taboo on eating pork meat was also decreed by devine revelation in the Holy Quran. It stated that it was a "sour grapes" reaction to the inability of the Muslim nomads to raise and own pigs. Professor Rowntree and his co-author also stated in page 193 that in the seventh century A.D., the Muslim nomads imposed their religion, complete with the pork taboo, on the farming people of the river valleys as a final "revenge". In conclusion, this is a very informative and useful book. However, on behalf of the one billion Muslims in the world today, I strongly suggest rewriting the parts dealing with the Islamic culture. Thank you in advavce.

5-0 out of 5 stars I give it 2 "horns" up
I am currently enrolled in Professor Terry Jordan-Bychkov's Cultural Geography class, and the book is basically a culmination of his travels all over the world. The majority of the pictures in the book were personally taken by Professor Jordan himself, and it makes the class even more interesting. Professor Jordan's love for Geography emulates throughout the entire book, and it is easy to read as a result. The book is set in very vivid outlines, so it is easy to follow, and each chapter builds upon one another to form the, in words frequently used by Professor Jordan, the "Human Mosiac." The book is intersting, easy reading, and the class is even better. For those of you former, future, or current Longhorns, I HIGHLY reccommend the class; for those of you who cannot have the opportunity to learn from such a brilliant and cultured man, the book is the next best thing ... Read more

5. The Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography (Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management S.)
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Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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6. Eastern Europe : An Introduction to the People, Lands, and Culture
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7. The United States and Canada: The Land and the People
by ArthurGetis, JudithGetis, ImreQuastler
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Catlog: Book (2000-08-04)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
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This full-color text explores the United States and Canada with a fresh, logical approach. The authors examine the regions of the United States and Canada using a thematic approach, via such topics as agriculture, industry, and population. This topical framework provides an insightful perspective for students to learn the similarities and differences that characterize the regions of these countries. Chapter 1, "Introduction," provides basic geographic background and places the United States and Canada in a global perspective. Then coverage of both countries is incorporated into each topical chapter, concluding with a separate chapter (14), "The Canadian Difference," which looks at Canadian-specific issues, such as the English/French language debate. ... Read more

8. Places and Regions in Global Context: Human Geography, Third Edition
by Paul L. Knox, Sallie A. Marston
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Catlog: Book (2003-02-24)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Designed to help readers truly understand places and to cultivate a life-long geographical imagination, this innovative introduction to human geography gives readers access to the latest ideas, concepts, and theories while concurrently developing a strong foundation in the fundamentals. Its exciting contemporary approach gives people and places meaning by covering compelling topics that integrate today's local, regional, and global perspectives. It provides not only a body of knowledge about places and regions, but also a deep understanding of the interdependence of places and regions in a globalizing world. Hundreds of maps and special boxes bring topics to life and show how and why specific geographic perspectives are important.Geography Matters. The Changing Global Context. Geographies of Population. Nature and Society. Cultural Geographies. Interpreting Places and Landscapes. The Geography of Economic Development. Agriculture and Food Production. The Politics of Territory and Space. Urbanization. City Spaces: Urban Structure. Future Geographies.For anyone wanting an introduction to human geography. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars I suggest that you buy something else instead
First of all, I must give that the presentation quality of this book is very good; it is easy to follow too; so when you take this book in hand the first impression is that it's a great book; but unfortunately it is not.. Here's why.

1 - There are some numerical errors: in maps and in unit conversions.
2 - The word "global" in the title does not apply to the perspective of the book; it might claim to have a global context but it is not from a global perspective (instead a western perspective, which is not necessarily something loathsome, but it's rather irritating)
3 - Some maps and some pieces of info highly controversial, and sometimes wrong. (for example, when it talks about the Alleged Armenian Genocide it says that half of the population were killed (whereas the death toll was much less than that), and what's more it makes the stupid error of saying that it took place "after" the first world war, whereas all the Armenians claim that it happened in 1915
4 - Some misinformation will make you laugh - (such as when they write that the world wars took place in 19th century)
5 - It's not bountiful: you read, read, and read; but you hardly learn anything.. lots of detail but very little insight.

I strognly recommend that you give up the idea of purchasing this book, and instead go for a real good Human Geography book such as that of Bergman, which is also available from amazon

When you write a book about such topics as history or geography, you need to be knowledgeful in a broad range of areas. But so far as I have observed these two people seem to be highly deficient in history and basic science&maths.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
This textbook is very easy to follow. I am glad that I purchased this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very understandable book for educational purposes
This book was very easy to read, the examples made clear sense to the topic. It would be nice if your web site address was easy to find, it was not stated in the book. ... Read more

9. Human Geography : Culture, Society, and Space
by H. J. deBlij, Alexander B.Murphy
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Catlog: Book (2002-07-15)
Publisher: Wiley
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Authoritatively written by a geographer who has worked on every continent, Human Geography is sensitive to people of other cultures and from all walks of life.
* Focuses on key geographic concepts and puts them in practical and current perspective.
* Key issues that readers often have strong opinions about are identified and placed in geographical perspective which may often change readers views and opinions on the issues and problems.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellant Book for AP Human Geography!!!
First off, let me say that currently I'm a 9th grader that is taking the AP Human Geography course at my school. This is only the third year the AP program has offered this course, and only the first year (I believe,) and I am so glad that our school picked this book.

De Blij presents the information in such a way that it is understandable by high school students, and yet it still retains a very intellectual atmosphere throughout the textbook. He also presents the information in an unbiased context. And during units on religion, and culture (major parts of Human Geography) he doesn't try to preach a religion, or express a bias toward any one.

The information in the textbook is also very accurate and reliable. And during times when there is no exact "right" answer, you won't have to worry about getting a completely rejected view in the academic world, since H.J. de Blij is a highly respected academic.

I could go on and on about how great Human Geography: Culture, Society and Space is, but you can find out more about it by getting the book. I really enjoyed reading it (though I still have a couple more chapters to go), and with the AP Human Geography test looming on May 5, I feel very well prepared for it. If you will be taking the AP Human Geography course in the upcoming year, I highly recommend you to request your school to purchase this book as the main textbook for use. And if your school won't get it, I would still recommend you to purchase it on your own. It's worth every dollar of it. And if you aren't, and your a college student taking a Human Geography course, this book would still be a great study tool.

Oh, and wish me and everyone else taking the AP Human Geography test on May 5!

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT TEXTBOOK!!!
I wanted to take the Human Geography AP Exam but we didn't have a course at our school so I had to study for it on my own. As there are no published AP guides, my only source of information was this textbook. I not only scored a 5 on the exam, but I also tested out of the second semester of Human Geography once I got to college as well!! Fabulous textbook! ... Read more

10. Environmental Geology (8th Edition)
by Edward A. Keller
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Catlog: Book (1999-10-27)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This book offers one of the most comprehensive, up-to-date treatments of environmental geology available—from fundamental geologic principles to the specifics of environmental law and geological hazards. It fully discusses both processes and environmental issues, and where appropriate, includes boxes with quantification of processes. Case Histories and examples reflect a cross-section of the United States, and Special Features boxes highlight "classic" and recent environmental disasters. Features high-quality photographs and illustrations throughout.Earth Materials and Processes. Soils and Environment. Natural Hazards: An Overview. Rivers and Flooding. Landslides and Related Phenomena. Earthquakes and Related Phenomena. Volcanic Activity. Coastal Hazards. Water: Process, Supply, and Use. Water Pollution and Treatment. Waste Management. The Geologic Aspects of Environmental Health. Mineral Resources and Environment. Energy and Environment. Global Change and Earth System Science. Air Pollution. Landscape Evaluation and Land Use.For geologists, environmental scientists, and foresters. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent New 8th Edition - the Best Seller for 2000
This new Eighth Edition of Enviromental Geology is welcomed by the geology profession in the year 2000. Professor Edward Keller, a leading geomorphologist at the University of California at Santa Barbara, has performed a timely update of his national best-seller to include new information in earthquake hazards, new hyperlinks for students to study geologic hazard information on the Internet, and expansion of two chapters on water supply and water pollution. Excellent color photographs and color diagrams are used throughout. The 8th Edition features use of quantification ("putting some numbers on"), case histories of cogent interest to students, closer looks at important concepts, key terms, study questions, and web hyperlinks. This textbook is highly recommended and will be most appropriate at the Freshman or Sophomore level. It does not assume prior coursework in geology or earth science. It continues to be the #1 seller in North America and is taught throughout all campuses of the University of California system.

5-0 out of 5 stars Please See the New 2000 Eighth Edition
This is the best available environmental geology book, except please do not buy this older edition. Instead, browse down the Amazon list and purchase the new Eighth edition, copyright 2000. It has substantial new information about earthquake risk, new hyperlinks to important new websites. The author, Professor Edward A. Keller, is a leading geomorphologist and engineering geologist at the University of California at Santa Barbara. This text is widely used throughout California and the West. We are all delighted with the new 8th edition from Prentice-Hall. ... Read more

11. New Europe: Imagined Spaces
by Donald McNeill
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12. Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule
by Ann Laura Stoler
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Why, Ann Laura Stoler asks, was the management of sexual arrangements and affective attachments so critical to the making of colonial categories and to what distinguished ruler from ruled? Contending that social classification is not a benign cultural act but a potent political one, Stoler shows that matters of the intimate were absolutely central to imperial politics. It was, after all, in the intimate sphere of home and servants that European children learned what they were required to learn of place and race. Gender-specific sexual sanctions, too, were squarely at the heart of imperial rule, and European supremacy was asserted in terms of national and racial virility. Stoler looks discerningly at the way cultural competencies and sensibilities entered into the construction of race in the colonial context and proposes that "cultural racism" in fact predates its postmodern discovery. Her acute analysis of colonial Indonesian society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries yields insights that translate to a global, comparative perspective. 42 b/w photographs ... Read more

13. The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: Revised and Updated : The Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It's Too Late
by Thom Hartmann
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most important books of our time
Thom Hartmann's "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight" is extremely important and cogent, and needs to be read and absorbed by many to ensure the possibility of a future for the human race and all other life on Earth. Divided into three main parts, this book explains in detail where we are, how and why we got here, and what we can do for a brighter future. Very practical, well-researched, comprehensive. I am not aware of a better book on the issues, especially since it not only sets out the realities of our situation (dependence on dwindling oil and clean-water supplies, destruction of forests and plant/animal species, unsustainable population growth, frequent wars, third-world and first-world impoverishment, etc.), but also explains why, fundamentally, human civilization has gotten us into this mess (tracing the causes back thousands of years to the basis of civilization and comparing the recent city-state or nation-state lifestyle to that of the much older tribe), and what we can possibly do to change our course and save our children and their children and the planet they will inherit.

I would give a more detailed or articulate description, but I lent my copy out the day I finished reading it, and several people are already waiting in line to borrow it. If there is a book to buy multiple copies of and give away, this is the best one I have found. Do not let it sit on the bookshelf indefinitely - after you read it, pass it around, from one person to another, making sure it never stays the same place, unread, for long. If you must keep a copy for your own reference, at least buy a second one to pass around to your friends. ... Read more

14. World Atlas of Epidemic Diseases (Arnold Publication)
by Andrew Cliff, Peter Haggett, Matthew Smallman-Raynor
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5-0 out of 5 stars Epidemics in the modern age
At a price of $250 for a new copy this book is destined for the library shelves, or those of the dedicated teacher. The price is not excessive. This is beyond a doubt the best produced, best illustrated, most comprehensive and readible volume of its kind available to the general reader today.
The primary authors, Cliff and Haggett, presented in 1988an earlier atlas that was rigorous in its technical presentation but narrower in its general scope. But then, in 1988, the resurgence of epidemic disease had yet to be fully evidcent.
This book takes full advantage of new mapping technologies (GIS) and available printing technologies. The whole is in quite gorgeous, four-color pages that also include photographs (of virus or bacterium), cultural materials, etc. It is written for general readers for whom modern epidemics are a subject of interest and concern. It is free of equations or algorithms, full of important maps, charts, pictures, and graphs.
The goal is to provide a first reference, one in which the mapping and charting are integrated into a comprehensive and straightward, descriptive approach.

I do wish the original, 1988 volume would be brought out in a new edition. This book compliments but does not replace it. For those seeking a general reference and one that will not only encourage but hold the lay reader . . . it is worth the price.

Tom Koch
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15. Urban Geography: A Global Perspective
by Michael Pacione
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16. The Colonial Present: Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq
by Derek Gregory
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In this powerful and passionate critique of the "war on terror" in Afghanistan, Palestine, and Iraq, Derek Gregory traces the long history of British and American involvements in the Middle East. He argues that the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11 activated a series of political and cultural responses that mapped a profoundly colonial perimeter of power. The Colonial Present traces the connections between political, military, and economic power – the grand strategies of geopolitics – and the spatial stories told by the lives of ordinary people. It also shows the intimate connections between events in Afghanistan, Palestine, and Iraq. Packed with empirical detail, and shot through with arresting arguments, The Colonial Present is indispensable reading for anyone seeking to understand a world riven by a war on terror that is also a war of terror. ... Read more

17. Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience
by Yi-Fu Tuan, Steven Hoelscher
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On the 25th anniversary of its publication, a new edition of this foundational work on human geography.

In the twenty years since its original publication, Space and Place has not only established the discipline of human geography, but it has proven influential in such diverse fields as theatre, literature, anthropology, psychology, and theology. Eminent geographer Yi-Fu Tuan considers the ways in which people feel and think about space, how they form attachments to home, neighborhood, and nation, and how feelings about space and place are affected by the sense of time. He suggests that place is security and space is freedom: we are attached to the one and long for the other. Whether he is considering sacred versus "biased" space, mythical space and place, time in experiential space, or cultural attachments to space, Tuan's analysis is thoughtful and insightful throughout.

Until retiring in 1998, Yi-Fu Tuan was a professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is ranked among the country's most distinguished cultural geographers and has earned numerous honors, among them a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bracken Award for landscape architecture, and an award for meritorious contribution to geography from the Association of American Geographers.He was recently named the Lauréat d'Honneur 2000 of the International Geographers Union.He is the author of many essays and books, including Escapism (1998) and Cosmos and Hearth (Minnesota, 1999). ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Importance of Meaning in Architecture
This book was one of several books I studied to better understand the role of place in architecture and interior design. It helped me understand the importance of working with clients to understand the meanings they infer from the environment around them. In the book, Tuan highlights the importance of meaning and an insider's view. He describes place as humanized space. The contrast of open space with enclosed, comforting areas enhances both. As a person's emotional bond to a space increases, so do familiarity, comfort, and the sense of insideness. Without personal control over space, this emotional bond is slow to develop. To create place, Tuan suggests that memorable architecture should strenghen our memories, enhance the self, and provide layers of meaning to a space. ... Read more

18. Environment and Society: Human Perspectives on Environmental Issues, Third Edition
by Charles L. Harper
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This integrative book about human-environment relations connects many issues about human societies, ecological systems, and environments with data and perspectives from different fields of study. While the viewpoint is primarily sociological, coverage is specifically designed to relate to a diverse audience and encompass viewpoints from a variety of natural and social science approaches. KEY TOPICS Chapter topics include environmental problems and ecosystems; the resources of the earth: sources and sinks; global climate change, scientific uncertainty, and risk; population, environment, and food; energy and society; transforming structures: markets, politics, and policy; environmentalism: ideology, and collective action; and globalization: trade, environment, and the third revolution.For individuals with an interest in— and concern for—the environment. ... Read more

19. Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction (Blackwell Critical Introductions to Geography)
by Paul Robbins
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This text presents a critical survey of the burgeoning field of political ecology, an interdisciplinary area of research which connects politics and economy to problems of environmental control and ecological change. Written to be accessible to students at all levels and from different disciplines, it provides an entertaining and rigorous synthesis of the achievements and shortcomings of the field to date.

The book is divided into four sections: the history and emergence of political ecology over the last century; the conceptual and methodological challenges facing political ecologists; the major questions that political ecology has addressed and, to varying degrees, answered; and the major challenges that face the field now and for the future. Throughout, the author uses case examples to explore abstract, theoretical issues in a down-to-earth way. He also draws on real life details from his own experience, in order to offer a personal glimpse into political ecology research. ... Read more

20. The End of Nature : Tenth Anniversary Edition
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5-0 out of 5 stars Ignorance = Bliss ???
The science and explanation of the greenhouse effect/global warming has matured since the original publishing of this book in 1990, but give McKibben credit for raising awareness of an issue years before the herd. 'Little good it has done, however. Suggesting that one might consider altering the American lifestyle 1 inch (e.g. by using tankless on-demand water heaters) as a little "insurance" against the possibility global warming actually being true places you on about the same plane as a card-carrying member of the Communist Party.

But I digress. Mckibben's argument her is deceptively simple:

1. Nature is that part of the earth independent of humans.

2. Human activity has altered global atmosphere and weather patterns, thereby influencing all of the earth (and will likely continue to do so).

3. Since no part of the earth remains independent of human influence, ther is no more Nature.

There are two key areas of this argument: McKibben's definition of Nature and the existence of global warming. The latter idea still promotes considerable disagreement, although it is fair to say that very few climatologists unconnected with the fossil fuel industry reject the idea entirely. Don't rely on this book as a reliable source for the latest global warming information; do some independent research using more recent materials.

The Nature definition is more interesting. McKibben's definition obviously recognizes a separation between humankind and the rest of the earth. Many thinkers (both old and new) reject this separation on a variety of grounds. Ishmael author Daniel Quinn, for example, continuously ridicules the distinction, arguing that there is no meaningful difference between a woman sitting in a multiplex theater in a large city and the same woman sitting in the middle of the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana. In both places, Quinn argues, the woman "is in the middle of nature." McKibben has a couple of responses to this line of reasoning. First, although perhaps true as a matter of logic (because humans are part of nature) and something to ponder deeply over vodka or in an environmental lit class, few of us take it very seriously. Most of us-and rightly so-feel very different in the middle of a theater compared to the middle of a forest. Mere cultural or psychological construct? Perhaps. But does that make it less real? Ahhhh....a question for the metaphysicians in the audience. McKibben continues that the essence of Nature is independence-absence of human control. This could get a little dicey in that some might read "control" as suggesting "intent," and no one suggests we are intending to alter our atmosphere by accelerating the greenhouse affect. Perhaps "absence of human influence" is still a better definition. Some might quibble that there's a big difference between a lichen living a day longer because of a 2 degree increase in temperature and an offshore oil-rig belching crude into the water, but McKibben's thesis is a thought-provoking one...and that's precisely the point.

Tragic, depressing...all the adjectives of the other reviewers are true enough here. I can't say I'm glad I read this book, but that is my response much of the time I encounter new knowledge these days (particularly in the environmental sphere). Again I come face-to-face with the classic philosophical conundrum: is it better to live and die happy and ignorant or know the Truth (or at least be headed in that direction) and live and die miserable. As a young(er) pup I always answered unequivocally the former...these days I'm not so sure. Decide for yourself.

5-0 out of 5 stars will make you see the world in a new way
This book has already received the highest accolade the reading public can grant: it has become part of the way we think. Since the publication of THE END OF NATURE we have all accepted McKibben's premise. Mankind is so powerful that no natural process on the planet now operates beyond the range of human influence. A pleasure to read, it is a great pleasure to see a tenth anniversary edition that will make this fascinating book available to new readers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Prophetic and life changing.
In the ten years between the time THE END OF NATURE was first published in 1989 and reissued in 1999, we experienced seven of the ten warmest years in recorded history (p. xiv), which establishes Bill McKibben as a global warming prophet. And the thing is--we're still not getting it. "We live in the oddest moment since our species first stood upright," McKibben writes in the new Introduction to his environmental classic, "the moment when we are finally grown so big in numbers and in appetite we alter everything around us" (pp. xv-xvi). The United States alone dumps 15 percent more CO2 into the atmosphere than it did ten years ago (p. xvi). Arctic glaciers continue to retreat, ice grows thinner, and the sea level steadily rises (p. xviii). In short, "this buzzing, blooming, mysterious, cruel, lovely globe of mountain, sea, city, forest, of fish and wolf and bug and man; of carbon and hydrogen and nitrogen--it has come unbalanced in our short moment on it" (p. xxv).

McKibben's basic argument is that our relationship with the concept of "nature" as something separate and wild has changed, and in our pursuit for "a better life," we have totally wrecked the environment (p. 48). By changing the weather, for instance, we have altered every spot on earth, depriving nature of its independence, leaving "nothing but us" (p. 58). Stated differently, we have ended nature's separation from human society (p. 64).

Because nature provides us with a sense of comfort, reading THE END OF NATURE is not a happy experience. McKibben has issued a wake-up call, and his book should be required reading for any global-warming skeptic, or for anyone who drives a SUV. As Thoreau said, we are living lives of quiet desparation--we enjoy the consumptive, easy life. However, as McKibben's compelling argument demonstrates, such a lifestyle is incompatible with the well being of our planet. He encourages us not only to change the way we act, but also to change the way we think by adopting the radical notion that we learn to respect nature "for its own sake," as a "realm beyond the human," and give it "room to recover" from the damage we have done (pp. 174-77). This book was a life changer that prompted me, in part, to move from the concrete, urban sprawl of Phoenix, Arizona to Boulder, where there is a respect for open space, and where it is still possible to have a humble relationship with nature.

G. Merritt

5-0 out of 5 stars The time is coming
It's been a while since I read this book, and it has been one that has always stuck out in my mind as being one of the better environmental books that I've read. One thing that the author touches upon is the relevance of time; things take time to happen, sometimes a painfully long time, and this is often difficult for humans to understand. Nature has progressed at its own pace from the beginning; at times its course has been checked, but in the end Nature has rebounded and rebalanced itself. For much of this process, humans have been a part of it; possessing only "primitive" technologies they were obligated to rely on Nature; but over the course of the last few millennia, the human race has manage to evolve to a point where we can dominate and control Nature to our own benefit. This of course has had an adverse effect on Nature, and during the 20th century we began to experience the consequences of this state of things. But in many cases, the change has been subtle, and as a result there has been a bitter debate raging as to whether the concerns of the envirnmentalists are in fact legitimate. Naysayers will argue that things really haven't changed all that much, that when one looks at the evidence that is presented, it doesn't look like much is happening at all. They do so because they have the inherent human trait of seeing things from their own perspective, and fail to see how we are subtly having a negative impact on the environment; the end, or whatever you want to call it, may not come in the year so-and-so in our lifetime, but it will invariably come if we continue on as we are.

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