Wednesday, June 11, 2008

What We're Not Reading [but would like to] - How the states got their shapes by Mark Klein

OK, so while I may or may not ever get around to reading this book, I thought that I'd share it with you because it caught my eye and looked like it would be fun and interesting to read.

How the States got their shapes by Mark Klein looks to be one of those fascinating combinations of fact, trivia, history and curiousity and that usually leads to reading pleasure. If you read it, please post a comment and let me know if it is as interesting as I think it is.

The publisher's blurb is as follows:

We are so familiar with the map of the United States that our state borders seem as much a part of nature as mountains and rivers. But every edge of the familiar wooden jigsaw pieces of our childhood represents a revealing moment of history and of, well, humans drawing lines in the sand. This is the first book to tackle why our state lines are where they are. Packed with oddities and trivia, this entertaining guide also reveals the major fault lines of American history, from ideological intrigues and religious intolerance to major territorial acquisitions. Adding the fresh lens of local geographic disputes, military skirmishes, and land grabs, Mark Stein shows how the seemingly haphazard puzzle pieces of our nation fit together perfectly.--From publisher description.

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