How to Lie with Maps (2nd Edition)

by Mark Monmonier

Paperback, 1996



University of Chicago Press (1996), Edition: 2nd, 207 pages


An instant classic when first published in 1991, How to Lie with Maps revealed how the choices mapmakers makeconsciously or unconsciouslymean 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.… (more)

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LibraryThing member slothman
A worthy successor to the classic How to Lie with Statistics. Monmonier begins by pointing out that all maps, by necessity, tell lies, and proceeds to show us the different techniques of abstraction that can be used effectively to represent the truth-- or subverted to deceive the unwary. Most of
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the examples are quite clear, though toward the end of the book they begin to become more abstract and less gripping.
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LibraryThing member paulsikora
The book begins with the provocative and true statement that all maps lie--because all maps are of necessity simplifications of the things they represent. Mr. Monmonier then explains how to identify, understand, minimize and use the limitations to make more effective use of maps and the rhetorical
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opportunities they can provide. As the classic "How to Lie with Statistics," "How to Lie with Maps" is essential for anyone who does not wish to be deceived and who wishes to use the subject tools both honestly and effectively.
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LibraryThing member le.vert.galant
Great insight into how maps are inherently deceptive. There are some good reminders about errors due to binning. A bit dated w.r.t. digital maps.

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Original publication date

1996 (2nd ed.)

Physical description

207 p.; 5.5 inches


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