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  Books & Globes
Our favorite collection of books, atlases, and guides.
Plus a selection of globes at the end of this section.
Fascinating and insightful resources that entertain, educate, and s-t-r-e-t-c-h the mind.

How Maps Change Things

The book argues that we need to become aware of how we shape and use maps, and how they in turn shape us. Ultimately, it's about becoming aware of the 'meaning' behind the maps we use so we can reflect on and begin to create the kind of world we want.  Order the original eBook and download a copy for your e-Reader (Apple, Kindle or PDF formats available).  Or order the 2013 enhanced paperback edition which includes a 16 page User's Guide.
One copy (paperback) to USA (includes shipping) $31.95 ----  (or original eBook under $10)

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Seeing Through Maps

Seeing Through Maps - Many Ways to See the World, 2nd edition
This revised edition of our best-seller takes a hard look at the truths and distortions contained in maps. Includes a provocative new chapter on the politics and power of mapping.
You can download Chapter One - Visit our link,
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152 pages, 70+ images, 11'' x 8-1/2'' format, price $24.95

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Peters World Atlas: The Earth in its True Proportions
Ullmann version of the Peters Atlas (published in 2010) is larger, heavier, and up-to-date in terms of the data on the 242 thematic maps. Technology advances, internet usage, and military figures included. Shows changing figures on income inequality. The Atlas was originally published 1n 1990 at $50.00. This updated edition is more affordable than ever...and is a terrific value!
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Weaponizing Maps by Denis Wood and Joe Bryan
'Map or be mapped,' the saying goes. Weaponizing Maps gives this saying radical new meaning 272 Pages; Size: 6'' x 9''; $37.95
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Rethinking the Power of Maps - by Denis Wood
A contemporary follow-up to the groundbreaking Power of Maps, this book takes a fresh look at what maps do, whose interests they serve, and how they can be used in surprising, creative, and radical ways. Denis Wood describes how cartography facilitated the rise of the modern state and how maps continue to embody and project the interests of their creators. He demystifies the hidden assumptions of mapmaking and explores the promises and limitations of diverse counter-mapping practices today. Thought-provoking illustrations include U.S. Geological Survey maps; electoral and transportation maps; and numerous examples of critical cartography, participatory GIS, and map art. $30.00
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The Natures of Maps - by Denis Wood and John Fels
The Natures of Maps: Cartographic Constructions of the Natural World; by Denis Wood and John Fels; Foreword by John Pickles; 231 pages, 179 color plates, 16 halftones 11'' x 11'' © 2008; Cloth $49.00 This book is a provocative, and richly illustrated extension of the arguments initiated by Denis Wood in his 2006 SEEING THROUGH MAPS book (co-authored with Kaiser & Abramms) in which the closing chapter was titled, “Are maps TALK instead of pictures?” In this 2008 book, lavished produced by the University of Chicago Press, Wood & Fels again take on the notion that maps are far from objective representations of the world. Rather, every map reflects the agendas and intentions of its creators. They present a compelling exploration of a wide range of maps to answer the question of, as they put it, why maps have “gotten away with it.”
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Five Billion Years of Global Change


A book that offers a unique social science perspective on a traditionally hard science topic. Demonstrating how examining our past can help us better understand the present, geographer Denis Wood tells the story of our planet, from the Big Bang to the World Wide Web. Visit Denis' web site at www.deniswood.net

336 pages - 6" x 9" format - ISBN# 1-57230-958-X

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Space and Time by Arno Peters
Space and Time: Their Equal Representation as an Essential Basis for a Scientific View of the World. Peters, Arno. Published by Friendship press and Universitatsverlag, 1982, 1982 Lecture on "GEO-CULTURAL VISIONS OF THE WORLD" given at a symposium at UN Univerity Cambridge, England, 29th March 1982
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Synchronoptic World History

French and German Versions 
Noticing that in most histories of the world, Europe received more attention than Africa, Asia and Latin America combined, Arno Peters decided to create a history which gave equal weight to each century in human history and to each region. The information in the Synchronoptic World History is therefore arranged in tabular form with time running along the top and regions running down the side, so that the reader can see at a glance what was happening around the globe at any one time.
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Self-Esteem Passport

With the look and feel of a real passport, this booklet is an engaging and upbeat resource for improving self-esteem - the "passport" to a happier, healthier life. Sections focus on the recognition of personal strengths, triumphs, and achievements -- the essential self-esteem catalysts. A great tool for individuals and groups; also makes a fantastic gift! Grades 6-adult. 32 pages - 3.75" x 6.25" format. Includes a great collection of multicultural quotes.  Single Passport - $6.95
Gift Pack of 6 - $33.00         Classroom Pack of 30 - $145.95

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Teaching About the Islamic World
Provides valuable resources for identifying (and correcting) pre-existing fallacies and stereotypes held by students. Also a great self-study tool for individuals who want to better understand the Islamic world. Loaded with activities, exercises, pre-tests. Appropriate for elementary, middle, or high school social studies courses, as well as college-level survey courses. International customers - refer to drop-down menu for shipping options. Originally published by NCGE for $20. Sale Price = $7.00. Paperback 8.5x11" 128 pages.
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Geography for Life: National Geography Standards
Extremely well organized resource, stimulates the imagination, and students’ curiosity… a practical resource for directing teachers how to present various issues in the geography field. The vast majority of states have incorporated parts or all of the 18 geography standards into their state standards. Geography for Life has sold nearly 100,000 copies and textbooks have incorporated the standards into lesson plans and exercises. Excellent resource for home-schoolers. Originally $20.00 now $3.75 each. Paperback 7x10" 272 pages.
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Asian women and their work: A geography of gender and development (NCGE Pathways in geography series)
Asian women and their work: A geography of gender and development (Pathways in geography series). A great resource from the National Council for Geographic Education. $12.95. Paperback 8.5x11" 131 pages.
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Teaching American Ethnic Geography - from NCGE
Teaching American Ethnic Geography by Lawrence E. Estaville (Editor), National Council for Geographic Educatio, Carol J. Rosen (Editor). (PATHWAYS. IN GEOGRAPHY Publication from National Council for Geographic Education. Paperback 8.5x11" 131 pages.
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Teaching Political Geography

Examines how political control of the earth’s surface affects all other aspects of life (for example, the Iron Curtain) It includes first a section on teaching Political Geography, followed by 15 chapters under the headings of European Perspectives, United States Perspectives, Global Perspectives, and Educational Perspectives. Includes tips for teachers, particularly at the high school level. Paperback 8.5x11" 135 pages.

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The Origin of Language: Tracing the Evolution of the Mother Tongue
A critically acclaimed journey back through time in search of the Mother Tongue and the roots of the human family. ''Invites the reader to learn and apply the common process used by linguists'' says Science News. Booklist says, ''Believing that doing is learning, Ruhlen encourages his readers to try their hand (and eye) at classifying languages. This exercise helps us appreciate the challenges inherent in this fascinating and controversial science of comparative linguistics.''
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EarthBall with Global Handbook
Not only are these inflatable globes fascinating in the light - each EarthBall displays NiteGlow Cities, allowing you to observe the world's cities glowing brightly at night. Every EarthBall also comes with the 20-page Global Handbook chock full of games, activities & resources for Earth adventurers of all ages. ODT has sold out of the 16" model but you can buy them direct from the manufacturer at http://earthball.com/orders.htm ). The 1-meter EarthBall is still in stock and also includes our popular DVD Many Ways to See the World
We also make arrangements with non-profit groups to rent the 1-meter EarthBall for 2 - 4 weeks. See prices below in the drop-down menu.

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Giant-Globe -- buy or rent 6- 8- or 10 ft Planets
Activists of all ages have used the Giant EarthBalls to visually demonstrate the importance of honoring the Earth. These globes are actively used in the environmental & peace movements. Children have ‘carried the world’ in marches from Seattle to New York City. EarthBalls are available for rent or purchase in a variety of sizes, and for a variety of weather conditions. Prices vary depending upon size, model, length of rental period, and atmospheric conditions...plus shipping costs. We require a brief consultation before we can quote an exact cost. Phone us at 800-736-1293 or email odtstore@odt.org or order the size you want below, and supply us with details of your needs on the "SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS" section of the order form. 
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Transparent Inflatable Globes

Who says learning isn't supposed to be fun? Introduce children to geography with these attractive and durable inflatable globes. A great way to learn about the world we live in!

All orders include a free Hobo-Dyer equal area map ($6 value).

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Hugg-A-Planet Earth - Do it Yourself
A do-it-yourself Hugg-A-Planet. Just the ''skin'' and you stuff it yourself, and sew up a small hole. This is one of the few toys shared by Presidents, Members of Congress, and many other world, business and religious leaders. Available in three languages. Over 600 places labeled. 12" in diameter. Special Holiday Gift-Packs available...
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