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How to lie with maps

Author: Mark S Monmonier
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
To show how maps distort, Monmonier introduces basic principles of mapmaking, gives entertaining examples of the misuse of maps in situations from zoning disputes to census reports, and covers all the typical kinds of distortions from deliberate oversimplifications to the misleading use of color.
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Genre/Form: [Literature]
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Monmonier, Mark S.
How to lie with maps.
Material Type: Juvenile audience, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark S Monmonier
ISBN: 0226534200 9780226534206 0226534219 9780226534213
OCLC Number: 32820164
Description: xiii, 207 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Elements of the map --
Map generalization: little white lies and lots of them --
Blunders that mislead --
Maps that advertise --
Development maps (or, How to seduce the town board) --
Maps for political propaganda --
Maps, defense, and disinformation: fool thine enemy --
Large-scale mapping, culture, and the national interest --
Data maps: making nonsense of the census --
Color: attraction and distraction --
Multimedia, experiential maps, and graphic scripts --
Epilogue --
Appendix: Latitude and longitude.
Responsibility: Mark Monmonier.
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With two additional chapters, this illustrated essay on the use and abuse of maps teaches how to evaluate maps critically, and promotes a healthy scepticism about these easy-to-manipulate models of  Read more...
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