Across This Land: A Regional Geography of the United States and Canada

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JHU Press, 2002 - Architecture - 474 pages

Based on decades of research and written in clear, concise prose by one of the foremost geographers in North America, John C. Hudson's Across This Land is a comprehensive regional geography of the North American continent.

Clearly organized, the book divides the entire United States and Canada into six major regions, then further subdivides them into twelve smaller areas. Hudson emphasizes each region or area's distinguishing place-specific attributes, including—to a larger degree than previous regional geographies—political considerations. In this way, the book tells the story of each region, relying on a brisk narrative that reveals the dynamic processes of their distinctive characteristics.

The first extensive regional geography of the North American continent in over seventy-five years, Hudson's Across This Land will become the standard text in geography courses dealing with Canada and the U.S. as well as a popular reference work for scholars, students, and lay readers.

 

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This textbook is not poorly written, but poorly structured. There is no glossary, and no preview, review, or summary of any segment, let alone chapter or section. It makes for some heavy, and at times quite dry, reading. It's often difficult to pull any main theme or idea from a particular section or geographical region because there is little cohesiveness between subjects. It basically reads as a 458 page collection of pieces about different geographical regions. It does have the positive of not being overly technical or including too much irrelevant or trivial information, but I wouldn't suggest it unless you plan on setting aside days and days to read it in its entirety or at least a couple hours to devote to the chapter that interests you. 

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John C. Hudson is a professor of geography and director of the Program in Environmental Sciences at Northwestern University and the first recipient of the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize for popular books in American human geography, awarded by the Association of American Geographers.

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