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How to Lie with Maps
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Mark Monmonier is distinguished professor of geography at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

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Monmonier (geography, Syracuse Univ.) reveals how and why maps ``lie.'' He explains the methods cartographers must use to distort reality in representing a complex, three-dimensional world on a flat sheet or screen, and how they exclude information and geographic features in order to create a readable and understandable map. In addition to explaining the ``white lies'' told by every competent mapmaker and the errors caused by ``cartographic carelessness,'' Monmonier explores the use of maps for advertising and propaganda, and the deliberate errors employed to confuse potential enemies or to trap copiers. Valuable for both students of cartography or geography and interested laypersons, this is recommended for academic and larger public libraries.-- Peter B. Kutner, Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman

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