Globalography by Chris Fitch
TITLE: Globalography: Our Interconnected World in 50 Maps
AUTHOR: Chris Fitch, maps by Sam Vickars
EXPECTED PUBLICATION DATE: 23 October 2018:
FORMAT: ARC PDF
NOTE: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion of the book.
“We present 50 unique maps – each in its own beautiful and fascinating style – that chart the globalography of our world. We live in an era of incredible connections and inter-dependency; connected through aid, migration, trade, finance and the invisible lines of culture, data, technology and ideas. These are not maps of nations in isolation, but of processes, trade links, flows of people, arts, cultures and objects. Each map examines the links, bonds and conflicts that brings our world together, creating a fascinating and intricate atlas of our connected planet.
Split into 6 categories the essential, curious, invisible and intricate connections that make up are world are mapped. Each map is accompanied by an essay by Chris Fitch, whose vivid text provides expert insight on how the connections have been formed and what they tell us about our world.
Cities: how the city has grown bigger than the nation, charting the links that brings the world's cities together
Culture: mapping the trade links, idea sharing and unbreakable bonds of cultures that spread across boundaries
Military: the bonds that define and break borders
Objects: marking the routes, locations and links that connected lands and space through our things
Nature: the lines and flows of the natural world
Human: charting the links of people, languages, families and the influences of people “
Globalography attempts to explore individual examples that reveal how the new globalized world really operates. This book contains 50 double spread, full colour maps that reveal the many ways in which we now connect with each other across the globe. This book illustrates the radical way globalization is transforming out world. Each map is accompanied by a brief article (also spread over 2 pages) that usually contains statistics and that I found somewhat superficial in most cases. I felt that some of the map legends could have been clearer in terms of the statistics they were representing. The 50 topics include such items as bananas, tourism, uranium, football players, wind energy, messenger apps, skyscrapers, cinema, cocoa, car exports, honey etc. This is a cute, colourful and interesting coffee table book that one buys for the pictures, not the text.