Must-Read Books for Geography Buffs
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Must-Read Books for Geography Buffs

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Geography is a fascinating and incredibly important subject. Not only does it teach us about different areas of the world we live in, but it helps us understand our own place within it. This article will explore a few of the best books to check out within the geography genre. So let’s take off on our adventure into the world of geography books for some must-read books for geography buffs.

The Geography of Genius

Within The Geography of Genius, bestselling author Eric Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. He explores the history of several significant places, from ancient Athens to modern-day Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban environments are conducive to ingenuity.    

Exploring these places, he seeks to discover what about them influenced great minds like Michaelangelo, Socrates, and Leonardo da Vinci. The Geography of Genius redefines the argument of how geniuses are made, placing special emphasis on the role of culture and environment.

The Age of Walls: How Barriers Between Nations Are Changing Our World

From Tim Marshall, the acclaimed author of Prisoners of Geography, The Age of Walls explores the relationship between countries and populations and the borders, walls, and boundaries they share with neighboring countries. The book explores how the world has always been influenced by major barrier walls, from the Great Wall of China to the Berlin Wall.

Nowadays, this obsession with walls continues to evolve, with the US-Mexico border wall to China’s digital Firewall. Marshall divides his work up by geographic region, exploring some of the sixty-five nations worldwide that have barriers along their borders and helping us understand the reasons why.         

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Earning the Rockies: How Geography Shades America’s Role In The World

From bestselling author Robert Kaplan, Earning the Rockies explores how geography continues to influence America’s role in the world. Within this work, Kaplan travels across the United Stated to recapture an appreciation of American geography often lost in the jet age.    

Along the way, he witnesses prosperity and decline, increasingly cosmopolitan cities that thrive on globalization, and impoverished towns, hard-done-by with the loss of manufacturing. Throughout the book, Kaplan re-examines the history of westward expansion in the United States in a new light and discusses how the nation’s geography still holds the keys to its future.

Around The World In Books

In today’s world, it’s more important than ever that we understand our global surroundings. On top of being truly gripping reads, geography books can offer us this deeper understanding of the world and the directions we’re heading. 

Explore these titles and many more for geography buffs and for those that love to read.

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