14 September 2008
Reading: Why Geography Matters
I've been reading this book by Harm de Blij for the past week and have found it surprisingly riveting. Granted, I'm a map fiend and am predisposed to being interested in geography. Nevertheless, the breadth and relevance of this book surprised me. De Blij shows again and again how an examination of geography can add immeasurably to our ability to comprehend complex global issues. He examines a unifying Europe, rising China, chaotic Russia, troubled Africa, global climate change, and the threat of terrorism, and reveals surprising connections between all of these matters, showing how and why geographic literacy is critical to America's national security.
Another book by de Blij is waiting on my reading table, The Power of Place.