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Frederick Law Olmstead Book

Frederick Law Olmsted: Plans and Views of Communities and Private Estates

edited by Charles E. Beveridge, Lauren Meier, and Irene Mills

2020 | Johns Hopkins University Press

Full of original plans and historic photographs, this beautifully illustrated collection is the first comprehensive presentation of Olmsted's design concepts for communities and private estates. Illuminating Olmsted's design theory, this volume displays the beautiful plans and reveals the significance of each commission within his entire body of work. Readers concerned with the quality of the environment in which we live and work, as well as architects, landscape architects, urban planners, historians, and preservationists, will find stimulating insights in Plans and Views of Communities and Private Estates.

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Women and GIS: Mapping Their Stories

Written by the women of Esri Press

2019 | Esri Press

Twenty-three stories about how ordinary girls with very different passions have become extraordinary women and made significant contributions to our world. From oceanographers to activists, archaeologists to entrepreneurs, the women in Women and GIS: Mapping Their Stories can serve as mentors to motivate readers who are developing their own life stories and inspire their potential in a new way.

Mapping an Atlantic World, circa 1500

By Alida C. Metcalf

2020 | Johns Hopkins University Press

Describing the negotiation that took place between a small cadre of explorers and a wider class of cartographers, chartmakers, cosmographers, and artists, Metcalf shows how exploration informed mapmaking and vice versa. Recognizing early modern cartographers as significant agents in the intellectual history of the Atlantic, Mapping an Atlantic World, circa 1500 includes around 50 beautiful and illuminating historical maps.

Airline Maps: A Century of Art and Design

By Mark Ovenden and Maxwell Roberts

2019 | Penguin Books

A nostalgic and celebratory look back at one hundred years of passenger flight, featuring full-color reproductions of route maps and posters from the world’s most iconic airlines, from the author of bestselling cult classic Transit Maps of the World.  

NOTE: The review copy for this book will be in PDF format, due to... current events.

Smarter Government: How to Govern for Results in the Information Age

By Martin O'Malley

2019 | Esri Press

Smarter Government: How to Govern for Results in the Information Age is about a more effective way to lead that is emerging, enabled by the Information Age. It provides real solutions to real problems using GIS technology and helps develop a management strategy using data that will profoundly change an organization.
A History of the Second World War in 100 Maps

A History of the Second World War in 100 Maps

By Jeremy Black

2020 | University of Chicago Press

In this thrilling and unique book, Jeremy Black blends his singular cartographic and military expertise into a captivating overview of World War II from the air, sea, and sky, making clear how fundamental maps were to every aspect of this unforgettable global conflict.

Strata: William Smith’s Geological Maps

Strata: William Smith’s Geological Maps

Edited by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

2020 | University of Chicago Press

Strata is a glorious testament to the lasting geological and illustrative genius of William Smith, a collection as colossal and awe-inspiring as the layers of the Earth themselves.

The Eternal City: A History of Rome in Maps

The Eternal City: A History of Rome in Maps

By Jessica Maier

2020 | University of Chicago Press

The first English-language book to tell Rome’s rich story through its maps, The Eternal City beautifully captures the past, present, and future of one of the most famous and enduring places on the planet.

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Mapping Abundance for a Planetary Future: Kanaka Maoli and Critical Settler Cartographies in Hawai'i

By Candace Fujikane

2020 | Duke University Press

Cartographies of capital enable the seizure of abundant lands by enclosing "wastelands" claimed to be underdeveloped. By contrast, Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) cartographies map the continuities of abundant worlds. As a participant in these movements, Fujikane maps the ecological lessons of these elemental forms: reptilian deities who protect the waterways, sharks who swim into the mountains, the navigator Maui who fishes up the islands, the deities of snow and mists on Mauna Kea.

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Mapping Beyond Measure: Art, Cartography, and the Space of Global Modernity

By Simon Ferdinand

2019 | University of Nebraska Press

Mapping Beyond Measure breaks fresh ground in undertaking a series of close readings of significant map artworks in sustained dialogue with spatial theorists. In so doing Ferdinand reveals how map art calls into question some of the central myths and narratives of rupture through which modern space has traditionally been imagined and establishes map art’s distinct value amid broader contemporary shifts toward digital mapping.