This full-colour book is about politics and faith and the values we hold. It's about human relations, social justice, peace, budgets, and environmental concerns. It's about that "Aha " moment when we realize that maps are loaded not just with data, but with meaning, with the map maker's perceptions and prejudices about what's important and what's not. Ultimately, this book is about becoming aware of how we shape and use maps and how they in turn shape us, so that we can begin to reflect on and choose the kind of world we want. The book includes an experiential Study Guide perfect for use by adult and youth study groups of all kinds. Author Ward Kaiser brings to this book broad experience as a publisher, business and ecumenical executive, pastor, teacher, and community organizer. He introduced the Peters Projection world map to North America, publishing its first English-language version in 1983. His handbook to that map, A New View of the World, is widely used by high school and college teachers, mission educators, and social activists. He and his wife, Lorraine, divide their time between central Florida and the Niagara Peninsula of Ontario, Canada.
A tour de force, from the mapping of Iraq as a set of oil wells, through Mercator's love of Germany, first nation Canadians' and current Palestinians' land rights, ... to calls for an end to borders, bigotry, disease and war. This is not just a book about maps, although its full of maps - it's about a worldview.
Dr. Danny Dorling, Professor of Human Geography, University of Sheffield
and author of The No-Nonsense Guide to Equality
Very thought provoking, easily-understood by non-geographers, and timely. Bravo!!
Dr. Joseph J. Kerski, Education Manager, Esri, Broomfield CO
and current president of the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE).
This fascinating book from Ward Kaiser challenges our perception of World mapping, and is a timely commentary in a period in our history when location-based information is increasing day by day. With a well-constructed and informative text, peppered with interesting anecdotes and illustrations, this is a book for everyone interested in mapping, from the amateur map devotee to the professional cartographer.