Required readings for Geog 101 come from the following sources
- Harm J. de Blij, Muller, P. and WinklerPrins A. 2010. The World Today. John Wiley and Sons.
- Veregin H. 2010. Goode’s World Atlas (22nd edition.) Rand McNally.
- Selected Readings from Donald N. Rallis’s Regional GeogBlog. Check the Course Calendar for details.
- Other readings from various sources (e.g. news or journal articles.) Details are posted on the Coures Calendar. Please note that readings may change during the semester, so please recheck the required readings periodically (Changes usually result from current issues in the news, or the addition of recently published articles and information.)
To find out what readings are required for each day’s class, please click on that day’s class on the course calendar. In the pop-up box that appears, you will find a listing of required readings that you should complete in preparation for the day’s class. (Click ‘details’ for a clearer version complete with embedded links.)
There is a huge amount of very interesting material on all of the world regions we cover in the course, and I strongly encourage you to delve into it (for extra credit, if you wish.) Below is a small selection of some of the very good books that are relevant to this course. Most are popular books written for a general audience, and make both easy and fascinating reading. (This list was compiled primarily by Dr. Richard Russo of Frostburg State University; I have added a few suggestions of my own.)
Chayes, S. 2006. The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan after the Taliban.
Theroux, P. 2003. Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town.
Larkin, E. 2010. Everything is Broken: A Tale of Catastrophe in Burma.
Myint-U, Y. 2008. The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma.
Ung, L. 2000. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers.
Grescoe, T. 2001. Sacré Blues: An Unsentimental Journey through Québec.
Kostash, M. 2000. The Next Canada: In Search of Our Future Nation.
Laxer, J. 2006. The Acadians: In Search of a Homeland.
MacGregor, R. 2007. Canadians: A Portrait of a Country and Its People.
Becker, J. 2000. The Chinese
Gifford, R. 2007. China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power.
Naisbitt, John and Doris. 2010. China’s Megatrends.
Tayler, J. 2009. Murderers in Mausoleums: Riding the Back Roads of Empire Between
Moscow and Beijing.
Weatherford, J. 2010. The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of
Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire
Wrong, M. 2001. In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in
Meyer, M. 2009. The Year That Changed the World: The Untold Story Behind the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
Jubber, N. 2010. Drinking Arak Off an Ayatolah’s Beard: A Journey Through the Inside-Out Worlds of Iran and Afghanistan.
Majd, H. 2008. The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran.
Kennedy, H. 2005. When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World.
Backmann, R. 2010. A Wall in Palestine.
Miller, A.D. 2008. The Much Too Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace
Young, M. 2010. The Ghosts of Martyrs Square: An Eyewitness Account of Lebanon’s Life Struggle.
Middle East (general)
Cohen, J. 2007. Children of Jihad: A Young American’s Travel Among the Youth of the Middle East.
Muller, K. 2000. Along the Inca Road: A Woman’s Journey into an Ancient Empire.
Bradley, J.R. 2005. Saudi Arabia Exposed: Inside a Kingdom in Crisis.
Lacey, R. 2009. Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists,Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia.
Russell, A. 2009. Bring Me My Machine Gun: The Battle for the Soul of South Africa,
from Mandela to Zuma.
Barlow, J. 2008. Everything But the Squeal: Eating the Whole Hog in Northern Spain.
Menocal, M.R. 2002. The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians
Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain.
Barker, A. 2010. Not Quite Paradise: An American Sojourn in Sri Lanka.
Hari, D. 2008. The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur.
Mamdani, M. 2009. Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror.
Steidle, B. 2007. The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur.
Kinzer, S. 2001. Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds.
Morris, C. 2006. The New Turkey: The Quiet Revolution on the Edge of Europe.
United Arab Emirates
Krane, J. 2009. City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism.
Lyall, S. 2008. The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British.
Clark, V. 2010. Yemen: Dancing on the Heads of Snakes.
Godwin, P. 2006. When a Crocodile Eats The Sun.