Popular Geography Books

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Listed here are some bestselling and popular geography books.  These geography books about maps, cartography, human geography, and physical geography have been popular with a general audience.

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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies – Jared Diamond


Written by Jared Diamond, a professor of geography and physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, Guns, Germs, and Steel was published in 1997 and won the Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction in 1998. 

On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks – Simon Garfield


Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks – Ken Jennings



The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson


The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate – Roger D. Kaplan


How to Lie with Maps – Mark S. Monmonier


Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of his Time – Dava Sobel



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