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How to Lie with Maps 3ed

by Mark Monmonier University of Chicago Press
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Pbk 256 pages
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An instant classic when first published in 1991, How to Lie with Maps revealed how the choices mapmakers make - consciously or unconsciously - mean that every map inevitably presents only one of many possible stories about the places it depicts. The principles Mark Monmonier outlined back then remain true today, despite significant technological changes in the making and use of maps. The introduction and spread of digital maps and mapping software, however, have added new wrinkles to the ever-evolving landscape of modern mapmaking.

?Fully updated for the digital age, this new edition of How to Lie with Maps examines the myriad ways that technology offers new opportunities for cartographic mischief, deception, and propaganda. While retaining the same brevity, range, and humor as its predecessors, this third edition includes significant updates throughout as well as new chapters on image maps, prohibitive cartography, and online maps. It also includes an expanded section of color images and an updated list of sources for further reading.

Preface to the Third Edition1. Introduction

2. Elements of the Map

3. Map Generalization: Little White Lies and Lots of Them

4. Blunders That Mislead

5. Color: Attraction and Distraction

6. Maps That Advertise

7. Development Maps (Or, How to Seduce the Town Board)

8. Maps for Political Propaganda

9. Maps, Defense, and Disinformation: Fool Thine Enemy

10. Large-Scale Mapping, Culture, and the National Interest

11. Data Maps: A Thicket of Thorny Choices

12. Image Maps: Picture That

13. Prohibitive Cartography: Maps That Say "No!"

14. Fast Maps: Animated, Interactive, or Mobile

15. Epilogue


Appendix: Latitude and Longitude

Selected Readings for Further Exploration

Sources of Illustrations



Scientific American

β€œAn artful and a funny book, which like any good map packs plenty in a little space.”

New York Times

"A useful guide to a subject most people probably take too much for granted. It shows how map makers translate abstract data into eye-catching cartograms, as they are called. It combats cartographic illiteracy. It fights cartophobia. It may even teach you to find your way. For that alone it seems worthwhile."

Los Angeles Times

"This unusual book shows how cartographers distort the information they present - accidentally and deliberately."

Toronto Globe and Mail

"A humorous, informative and perceptive appraisal of a key source of information that most of us have always taken for granted."

Christian Science Monitor

"Will leave you much better defended against cheap atlases, shoddy journalism, unscrupulous advertisers, predatory special-interest groups, and others who may use or abuse maps at your expense."

Geographical Review

"The prose is clear, easy to read, and sparkles with erudite humor."

Visual Studies

"[Monmonier] has a sharp critical eye, but his primary purpose is constructive – he wants to make better maps and have us use maps more intelligently. He writes well about the history of maps because he can easily put himself in the mind of the map-maker and see things much as they saw them. His first thought is for practical problems; his admiration is for elegant solutions."

Mark Monmonier is Distinguished Professor of Geography at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He is the author of more than twenty books and the editor of volume 6 of the History of Cartography series, published by the University of Chicago Press.