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1. GIS Tutorial: Workbook for ArcView
2. GIS For Dummies
3. GIS Tutorial 3: Advanced Workbook
4. The GIS 20: Essential Skills
5. The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis
6. GIS Tutorial II: Spatial Analysis
7. Open Source GIS: A GRASS GIS Approach
8. A to Z GIS: An Illustrated Dictionary
9. GIS for the Urban Environment
10. GIS Cartography: A Guide to Effective
11. GIS, Spatial Analysis, and Modeling
12. Thinking about GIS: Geographic
13. GIS: A Visual Approach
14. Introducing Geographic Information
15. Spatial Technology and Archaeology:
16. Datums and Map Projections: For
17. Empowering Electric and Gas Utilities
18. A System for Survival: GIS and
19. GIS Tutorial for Marketing
20. GIs and Germans: Culture, Gender,

1. GIS Tutorial: Workbook for ArcView 9
by Wilpen L. Gorr, Kristen S. Kurland
Paperback: 434 Pages (2008-08-01)
list price: US$79.95 -- used & new: US$46.36
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Asin: 1589482050
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Updated for ArcView 9.3, GIS Tutorial: Workbook for ArcView 9, Third Edition, provides effective GIS training in an easy-to-follow format. By combining ArcGIS tutorials with self-study exercises intended to gradually build on basic skills, GIS Tutorial is fully adaptable to individual needs as well as classroom settings. In addition to the range of GIS functionality covered by its predecessors, the third edition of this best-selling workbook features two new tutorial chapters that utilize 3D Analyst and ArcGIS Spatial Analyst applications.
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Customer Reviews (22)

1-0 out of 5 stars Out of date and riddled with mistakes
This is pretty sad book when you consider all the ESRI hype about being the number one GIS software developer.You'd think they could do simple proofreading to get rid of all the typos.Additionally, they continue to sell the book, despite the fact that many of tutorials cannot be performed due to changes in the ESRI website--AND--they will be quick to tell you that they no longer support ARCMap 9.X since version 10 has been released.It's your basic "thanks for your money, now don't bother us" line you get from any other money hungry corporation.

4-0 out of 5 stars Be careful when ordering.
I know that the workbook is excellent based on a review of ArcGIS 8.3 which is a previous version. However, I sense a problem with ordering the "Workbook for ArcView 9" ISBN #978-1-58948-205-0.
The instructor stated that the third edition should be ordered; however the order process does not show any option for selecting a version. Therefore, I am awaiting the 2 day shipment and can only hope that I receive the correct version. Also, the item shipped immediately so I had no option to check out the version via Amazon.

1-0 out of 5 stars Amazon screwed me over.
There is supposed to be an access key in the book, it wasn't there, have to buy new book to get one. I don't have the money for that so I'm screwed. There is no way for me to do my homework for the class required. MAKE SURE YOU GET THE ACCESS KEY! otherwise the book is near useless.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great reference to GIS
Problem is - I bought it for a class and it was supposed to come with CDs to install some software to train with...no CDs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
The book arrived in plenty of time for the start of class. The GIS Tutorial is an excellent resource.

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2. GIS For Dummies
by Michael N. DeMers
Paperback: 384 Pages (2009-02-17)
list price: US$24.99 -- used & new: US$8.95
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Asin: 0470236825
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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GIS (geographic information system) is a totally cool technology that has been called “geography on steroids.” GIS is what lets you see the schools in your neighborhood or tells you where the nearest McDonald’s is. GIS For Dummies tells you all about mapping terminology and digital mapping, how to locate geographic features and analyze patterns such as streets and waterways, and how to generate travel directions, customer location lists, and much more with GIS.

Whether you’re in charge of creating GIS applications for your business or you simply love maps, you’ll find GIS For Dummies is packed with information. For example, you can:

  • Learn all the hardware and software necessary to collect, analyze, and manipulate GIS data
  • Explore the difference between 2D and 3D maps, create a map, or manage multiple maps
  • Analyze patterns that appear in maps and interpret the results
  • Measure distance in absolute, comparative, and functional ways
  • Recognize how spatial factors relate to geographic data
  • Discover how GIS is used in business, the military, city planning, emergency services, land management, and more
  • Find out how GIS can help you find out where flooding may occur
  • Determine what your organization needs, do appropriate analyses, and actually plan and design a GIS system

You’ll find dozens of applications for GIS queries and analyses, and even learn to create animated GIS output. Whether your goal is to implement a GIS or just have fun, GIS For Dummies will get you there!

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Customer Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good little guide for GIS Students
GIS For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))

Prospective students of GIS often inquire about appropriate reading materials for background information. This book is perfect for this purpose; however, its utility value does not stop there.

I find that the "Dummies" book is a terrific resource for students, as well as professionals.

It's worth including in your library, especially at such a reasonable price point.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for people with little knowledge about a GIS
This is a great book for users with little knowledge about a GIS. The book explains clearly what a GIS can do for you in simple English. If you want to know how a GIS can help your organisation with its daily operations, everyday life, or even teach and explain a GIS to other people, then this book is for you.

Please note that this book does not provide instructions on how to operate a GIS.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thorough yet Concise
I bought this book about a month ago and it surprised me how well it was put together and how much detail the author goes into without scaring the reader. I am a GIS professional and this is a great book for those who need to reference the inner workings of GIS, both technically and conceptually. I manage a small GIS shop with ~4 employees and two of them own this Book. On several occasions, I have seen them reference the book for project and class work. One said "It's easy to find what you're looking for in here; it's easily navigable!" The author does a great job of organizing the book into clear and concise sections that flow nicely. For the price, I strongly recommend this book; you are really getting 90% of a GIS textbook for 20% of the cost. Also, those who say this is too detailed for a dummies book, I say to you "what are you complaining about?" You are getting more bang for your buck! It is just like the rest of the dummies books in that it captures topic at hand in a clear manner; it is very understandable unlike several of the GIS books out there. Kudos on this book Dr. DeMers!

1-0 out of 5 stars GIS FOR DUMMIES II
As a real dummy I was looking for a book that started as follows...to turn on hte computer push the on button...what I found is a college professor telling me how great it can be...that aint for dummies !

3-0 out of 5 stars GIS not for Dummies
Called 'for Dummies' this is not really a book for starters. A lot of technical terms, hardly explained, and full of academic theory. It serves as a good background for a young GIS novice student, but not for a 'dummy', who likes to get quickly into GIS, produce some maps, understand some GIS interpretations.
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3. GIS Tutorial 3: Advanced Workbook
by David W. Allen, Jeffery M. Coffey
Paperback: 412 Pages (2010-09-15)
list price: US$79.95 -- used & new: US$49.50
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Asin: 1589482077
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GIS Tutorial 3: Advanced Workbook features exercises that demonstrate the advanced functionality of the ArcEditor and ArcInfo licenses of ArcGIS Desktop. This workbook is divided into four sections: geodatabase framework design, data creation and management, workflow optimization, and labeling and symbolizing. A fully functioning 180-day trial DVD of ArcEditor 10 software and a DVD containing data used in the tutorial exercises are included. GIS Tutorial 3 was designed to be used for advanced coursework or individual study.


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4. The GIS 20: Essential Skills
by Gina Clemmer
Paperback: 156 Pages (2010-08-01)
list price: US$39.95 -- used & new: US$26.32
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Asin: 1589482565
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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The GIS 20 is a no-nonsense workbook that demonstrates how to perform twenty essential GIS skills as indicated by 500 GIS practitioners. Written for professionals with no time for classroom training, this book can be treated as a weekly self-assignment or an as-needed reference. Each chapter offers a handy checklist of basic functions and steps covered in the text, as well as executive level summaries of how the functions are commonly applied for different types of analysis. If you are a GIS beginner, The GIS 20: Essential Skills is your best friend.

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Customer Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Less Than Expected from ESRI
The GIS 20 is a very good textbook, but I felt need to express my negative opinions of it.To read the product description, you are lead to belive that this book will help you transition from a previous version of ArcGIS (referring to "as-needed reference" in product description).There are changes from ArcGIS 9.3 to ArcGIS 10, but nobody moving from an old version to the new version would need this book as a reference.I have TWO majors problems with this book:

1.The software included with this book will not install on a 64-bit system.I am running Windows 7 64-bit and have no problem installing ArcGIS.The software that comes with this book continuously pops up with errors while referring to a 32-bit system (5 errors).

2.I hate reviews that judge other reviews, but I have to point out that the first good review of this book was posted on 09/18/2010.That review was posted 2 weeks before this book was actually released, and I am certain that it had to be a "weighted" opinion.

This book is a decent overview of general applications within ArcGIS, but is far from making you a GIS specialist.If sticking with ArcGIS, I would suggest ESRI "GIS Tutorials 1, 2, & 3".If you know of ESRI, and you are pursuing other GIS possibilities, I would suggest "Open Source GIS: A GRASS GIS Approach" or "Desktop GIS: Mapping the Planet with Open Source Tools".If you are looking for a good overview of Geographic Information Systems, Quantum GIS has a great FREE tutorial on their website.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enhanced with an accompanying data CD for engaging in specific exercises and thoroughly 'user friendly'
GIS stands for 'Geographic Information System'. "The GIS 20: Essential Skills" is a 156-page compendium and workbook of instruction by Gina Clemmer that presents twenty skills necessary to mastering the use of ArcGIS software. Organized into twenty distinctive chapters covering a specific topic, Clemmer covers crating map layouts, preparing data, joining data to maps, working with attribute tables, mapping addresses, querying location, and map publication. Enhanced with an accompanying data CD for engaging in specific exercises and thoroughly 'user friendly', "The GIS 20: Essential Skills" is ideal for the novice and has a great deal to recommend it as a refresher course for even the more experienced ArcGIS user, making it an ideal and highly recommended addition to personal, professional, academic, and governmental agency instructional reference collections.

4-0 out of 5 stars Twenty Chapters for Twenty Skills
As books covering ArcGIS 10 are generally not available right now, this one is worth considering.Novices and even experienced ArcGIS 9.x users may benefit from it.Enough has changed between versions 9 and 10 to make this book a handy resource, although online help built into ArcGIS will help experienced users solve most problems.There are step-by-step solutions for the 20 "essential" tasks/skills.Think of the book as a condensed cookbook.That aspect of the book is satisfactory.Here is my one complaint: there is no index!!What were the author and editors at ESRI Press thinking?Nevertheless I have received my money's worth, but this will not be a book for everyone.Although more expensive, the GIS Tutorials 1,2 and 3 from ESRI Press provide much more extensive coverage of the subject. ... Read more

5. The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis Volume 1: Geographic Patterns & Relationships
by Andy Mitchell
Paperback: 186 Pages (1999-08-01)
list price: US$34.95 -- used & new: US$16.09
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Asin: 1879102064
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Spatial analysis is where the GIS rubber hits the road,where all the hard work of digitizing, building a database, checking for errors,and dealing with the details of projections and coordinate systems finallypays off in results and better decisions. But spatial analysis has oftenseemed inaccessible to many users--too mathematical to understand, toodifficult to implement, and lacking in good textbooks and guides. Here atlast is the ideal book, written by Andy Mitchell and based on ESRI's vastexperience with applications of spatial analysis to a host of real problems.The book covers every area of GIS application, so readers will find examplesthat relate directly to their own concerns, whether they be in hydrology,transportation, or regional planning. The organization is intuitive, withsections on all of the major forms of simple spatial analysis.

This book will appeal to GIS users in all areas of GIS application. It will beinvaluable reading for people encountering GIS for the first time, andwanting to see where its real power lies. It will make an excellent textbookfor courses in GIS in high schools, community colleges, and undergraduateprograms, and as a supplement for practical work.Although, the best way tolearn what GIS Analysis can do for your projects is to use it.So buy this bookand begin getting results and making better decisions.

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Customer Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Used in a class but is good for self study
With GIS being all the rage - this is a great book to further knowledge.this is one of 2 that go with the Tutorial Vol 2. If you have some experience with ARC - you will love this book.VERY Reasonably priced!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Definitely not an Introduction to GIS
As a newcomer to GIS I was very disappointed with this book. It is purported to "be invaluable reading for the people encountering GIS for the first time".I'm afraid it is nothing of the sort. Doubtless, the author is very skilled and knowledgeable but I wonder about his target readership.It surely cannot be the uninitiated in GIS. If it is to be of any use to the beginner, Chapter 1 needs to be completely revised. The feature dense graphics at the start are off-putting.At the outset, simple graphics are needed to illustrate the concepts. The linkages between Map and Table are not explained in a user friendly way.I have been involved in the production of training material for 35 years. My motto has always been: Keep it simple at the start. Come on ESRI, you can do better than that.
Daniel Courtney [Ph.D Student]

5-0 out of 5 stars Great companion textbook
I've always known what the GIS analysis tools were, and have used many of them. But this book lays down a framework for deciding which techniques to use, and why. It also has a great section on classificiations that I have not seen anywhere else.

While this is an ESRI book, it's not really tied to ESRI software. A few things shown in the book can't be done with ESRI software. This makes it more univeral for study with other software packages.

GIS Tutorial II: Spatial Analysis Workbook for version 9.3 and
GIS Tutorial 2: Spatial Analysis Workbook for version 10.

4-0 out of 5 stars analyzing spatial patterns concepts
This book presents concepts of analyzing spatial patterns include mapping where things are, mapping the most and least, mapping density, finding what's inside, finding what's nearby, and mapping change.Some of the best sections were tables comparing methods, for example: comparing standard classification schemes, contrasting mapping density versus building a density surface, methods to determine if features are inside another and straight-line distance versus network versus surface distance methods of comparing distance.There was no discussion of systematically analyzing variability in geospatial data, which would be important in understanding statistical differences.The section on mapping change surprisingly stayed away from discussions of level of trend.

Although good on concepts, this does not mention the specific tool in ArcGis or the various extensions.I would have appreciated some cross-reference to specific ArcGIS tutorial or help on methods to do these.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great place to begin
Some ESRI books are only extended marketing brochures. This is not. If you need a book that will help you understand GIS analysis, this is a great place. Mastering the techniques described in this book will cover 75% of the demands in the market. The book is referenced and so if you need more you can seek out the sources used to write the book.

This book is for GIS analysts, not for folks interested in building databases. This is an essential reference for GIS analysts. that is heavily booked marked and sits on the self near my desk so I can refer to it. It is useful for people starting out and experienced GIS users.

It is weak on network analysis and remote sensing. So look elsewhere for that.

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6. GIS Tutorial II: Spatial Analysis Workbook
by David Allen
Paperback: 408 Pages (2009-06-01)
list price: US$79.95 -- used & new: US$49.71
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Asin: 1589482018
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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GIS Tutorial II: Spatial Analysis Workbook offers hands-on exercises to help GIS users at the intermediate level continue to build their problem-solving and analysis skills. Inspired by The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis book series by Andy Mitchell, GIS Tutorial II provides a practical format for GIS users to develop proficiency in various spatial analysis methods, including classification; assessment of quantities and densities; location analysis; change over time, location, and value comparisons; geographic distribution; pattern analysis; and cluster identification. Whether used in combination with The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis books or by itself, GIS Tutorial II: Spatial Analysis Workbook is the perfect tool for anyone who is ready to take their knowledge of GIS technology to the next level. GIS Tutorial II: Spatial Analysis Workbook includes a fully functioning 180-day trial version of ArcGIS® Desktop 9.3 software on DVD and a DVD of data for working through the exercises.

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4-0 out of 5 stars good overall
Overall this is a good GIS tutorial.It's best if you already have some basic skills with ArcGIS, but it's easy to follow and pretty in depth with regard to mapping spatial statistics and relationships.

5-0 out of 5 stars GIS Tutorial II: Spatial Analysis Workbook
Arrived in record time, and it's the perfect book for those who are either learning GIS or are well versed in the subject.

5-0 out of 5 stars GIS Tutorial II Spatial Analysis Workbook
I started using this book about 2 months ago.I am a daily ArcMap user and I found several new methods and tricks to improve my workflow as well as ideas to expand my analyses. The chapters concerning distribution and patterns made what could be a complicated process easy to understand and follow. I have also had my intern working out of the first few chapters to increase her skill set and knowledge. So I have found that both an experienced user and a novice can follow the tutorials and gain a new perspective for your data.The step by step instructions are clear and concise without feeding the user every little crumb. This book fills the gap between entry level and more complex analyses.

5-0 out of 5 stars GIS Tutorial II
Excellent Condition!Prompt delivery.Great price.I would purchase from this seller again.

5-0 out of 5 stars super for the self taught!
This is a great book for those of us self teaching ourselves.Possibly not as good as the first tutorial - but deals with different subject matter.This is a relatively inexpensive way to pick up things you would never know. ... Read more

7. Open Source GIS: A GRASS GIS Approach
by Markus Neteler, Helena Mitasova
Paperback: 406 Pages (2010-11-02)
list price: US$109.00 -- used & new: US$87.00
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Asin: 1441942068
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Thoroughly updated with material related to the GRASS6, the third edition includes new sections on attribute database management and SQL support, vector networks analysis, lidar data processing and new graphical user interfaces. All chapters were updated with numerous practical examples using the first release of a comprehensive, state-of-the-art geospatial data set.

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Customer Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Objective
The book is exactly as I was expecting, it bring s an interesting and objective introduction of GIS concept and its components, and then stars to explore the resources available in the software. All with interactive examples and additional material, that can be found over the internet links available in the book. The functional structure of GRASS is well explained and the possibilities are introduced in a hierarchical a constructive way. Raster and vector data will be dominated easily, besides other capabilities through interaction with other GNU GLP softwares like R.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book that covers all major topics of using GRASS GIS
I bought this book for 2 reasons: I had tried to use GRASS for vector data processing - with mixed success - in the past, and wanted to gain a better understanding of its capabilities; and also because I had just been assigned some fairly difficult elevation data processing, and raster-based spatial analysis was something I had little experience with.The book succeeds on both counts.It has well-written explanations of basic GIS principles, and also describes operations in enough detail that one can replicate them with their own data.

While an amazing GIS application (I would actually call it a "GIS environment"), GRASS is not without its quirks.The book does a good job of steering a reader around potential roadblocks, and focuses on getting one going about the business of doing useful work.For example, they recommend using the GUI to set up a project, but then have you move back to using the command line interface (CLI) and X-based display window to accomplish the bulk of the work.This is brilliant.It showcases the ease with which GRASS commands can be chained together, and how other UNIX commands can be interleaved in the command sequences.Make no mistake, this book is written for an audience that is either familiar with, or willing to learn some UNIX.That alone makes it a refreshing change from many other books which feel apologetic when they stray away from the apparent comfort of a MS Windows-based GUI.GUI's are mentioned, but only briefly, and not in a way intended to be a useful guide.People looking for how to use GRASS via a GUI'd application would be better served by Gary Sherman's "Desktop GIS" book, which discusses how to use GRASS through the excellent Quantum GIS application.

The book is logically laid out, and generally well written.There are a few small grammar quirks which tell me that the authors are not native English speakers, but they are minor, and don't actually cause the reader to stumble over any sections.Code sections are well-defined by the use of a different font, and so far I have not encountered any that contain errors.The book is well-illustrated, although at a cost of over $90, I take issue with the lack of color.This is a topic related to cartography after all, and color matters.

I highly recommend this book to people who want to learn how to use GRASS effectively, or to teachers who want to structure a GIS course around an open source application.There is enough GIS theory presented to teach an intro-to-mid-level course on GIS.GRASS gets a bad rap from many in the GIS profession, and this book should allow most people to get over the initial humps and get started with it in an effective way.Hats off to Neteler and Mitasova.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is the most exciting GIS book I have picked up.Invaluable to the GIS professional.Documentation available online does not replace the material in this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A big, big help for the novice
As some of the other reviews here indicate, it's not that easy for a novice to get started using GRASS. I had trouble installing GRASS on my ubuntu machine; then I had a hard time getting the GUI to do anything. Once I got the book, and began using the command-line interface rather than the GUI, it went very smoothly. The book is expensive, but when I figure that the book probably saved me a couple of weeks of frustration, I think it was worth the price. For those who haven't looked at it yet, GRASS is very impressive; the tie-ins with R make this the obvious GIS choice for anyone focusing on spatial statistics.

2-0 out of 5 stars OK Book, poor quality binding
The book covers many subjects broadly, from Remote Sensing, LIDAR as well as scanning historial maps. However, I found myself using the online users manual for the basics and step by step detail on HOW to use GRASS.

In addition, the binding of the book broke within 6 months, and about 25 pages fell out of the spine, with average use. ... Read more

8. A to Z GIS: An Illustrated Dictionary of Geographic Information Systems
Paperback: 288 Pages (2006-09-01)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$17.53
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Asin: 1589481402
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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An invaluable resource for anyone who uses or encounters GIS terminology in the classroom, on the job, or in the field, this dictionary contains more than 1,600 terms covering the entire lexicon of geographic information systems. Terms have been selected from GIS operations such as analysis, data management, and geocomputation; from rapidly evolving uses of GIS for modeling, GIScience, and Web-based GIS; and the GIS foundation fields of cartography, spatial statistics, computer science, surveying, geodesy, and remote sensing. Hundreds of subject-matter experts and GIS educators have reviewed the definitions, ensuring the authoritative coverage that is a necessity for managers, programmers, users, and students discovering the interdisciplinary nature of GIS.
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Customer Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice reference book!!!
I found this book useful while studying for exams and oral examinations during my Masters program.The thing to remember is this is a ESRI book and uses their terminology.If you are a student I would recommend this book to use a reference.The book isn't going to teach you GIS, it is meant to be used as a reference.So I would still buy the required books for your class.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good explanations but could be a little more complete
I've been studying GIS for a few months now on my own, and have often been stuck as to the meaning of a word.
For me this is a very good little book, but it did not even mention some of the projections that are popular in
my country, like the Lambert projections. I am not going to give this book a low mark just for that, because I did pick up
a lot of useful information in a very efficient way.
If you want to go about it the long way get theGeographic Information Systems and Science but you might fall asleep in the process (it's a good book though!!).
The explanations of general computer science concepts like object oriented programming are very introductory, and I would go to the Wikipedia for more detail after if I didnt know the meanings.

So I'll probably give it 5 stars when a second edition comes out.
Still, for the money it's a definite winner, and it's very enjoyable read.

1-0 out of 5 stars Yea, not so much.
Purchased this book to help with a class I am taking, but it isn't all that helpful. The first 3 terms I looked up were not even in the book, I find it easier to locate definitions via Wiki, rather than this book. I forgot to return it to Amazon within the 30 days.

5-0 out of 5 stars The bomb: Throw your stale convoluted GIS textbooks under the bus
Have you rummaged through a GIS textbook for half an hour looking for a simple definition, never to find it? Have you wondered why a $100 "introductory" textbook has loads of extraneous information but not a simple glossary, or how it can be written so obtusely and still get past an editing staff? Well, this is the Allen Iverson of GIS books, "The Answer." It gives you GIS concepts clearly and succinctly, with great explanatory illustrations for the "visual learners" out there, which are many in geography I would think. This has been a "go to" book for me in GIS but also in Remote Sensing; there's no question whether to get it, only how much the bookstore will pay you to buy back that unused textbook that you blew $100 on.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential to understanding the terminology of both computer and geography worlds.
Books about GIS are usually quite technical, surveying the applications and computer potentials of geographic information systems, so it's refreshing to note that A TO Z GIS: AN ILLUSTRATED DICTIONARY OF GEOGEPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS is something different: a simple set of geography and cartography definitions designed to defines values, coordinates, reference systems, representations, and GIS data processing methods and routines. Students of GIS will find this essential to understanding the terminology of both computer and geography worlds.

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9. GIS for the Urban Environment
by Juliana Maantay, John Ziegler
Paperback: 600 Pages (2006-08-01)
list price: US$79.95 -- used & new: US$44.95
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Asin: 1589480821
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This introduction to urban planning applications and problem solving with GIS is appropriate for students and professionals in the fields of geography, urban studies, urban planning, urban public health, urban environmental assessment, and hazard and emergency management. Technical jargon is minimized while the analytical concepts are fully described, enabling full use and understanding of GIS techniques. Infused in the included laboratory exercises are real-world activities that are often required in urban GIS projects but rarely included in prepared lab work, such as data acquisition, integrating data into the GIS, and manipulation of real data. Project design and analysis methodologies are also demonstrated with real-life examples of urban GIS projects. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great reference for GIS
The book is chocked full of great reference material a text book that will make the transition to reference book as soon as your class ends. I purchased it for a class and plan to keep it. It is not a book that teaches you how to use ArcMap, but helps you to think through things like themes, setting scales, deciding projection systems, etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Teaching Classes
For years I have been looking for the perfect text book for GIS and Urban Planning and I have finally found it. This text book creates a solid foundation for Urban Planners who want to learn GIS.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bullshit
I purchased the book in January and I have yet to recieve it! I want my damn money back. School's almost over!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Purchase
This book was sent to me brand new, and in great condition. I am really satisfied with my purchase and the time it took to recieve it. Thanks.

5-0 out of 5 stars GIS Made Easy
This excellent book covers new technology in Urban planning with a maximum of clarity and interest.It is
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10. GIS Cartography: A Guide to Effective Map Design
by Gretchen N. Peterson
Hardcover: 246 Pages (2009-04-06)
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Asin: 1420082132
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Maps, either printed or digital, can create effective communication with bosses, clients, other scientists, and the public. However, entry level GISers often find that map design was given short shrift in their pre-professional life. It is time for the GIS field, which is maturing in other ways, to improve its skills in this area. Based on the author’s more than ten years of research and practice in map design, GIS Cartography: A Guide to Effective Map Design provides the tools to create truly sophisticated maps.

Packed full of in-depth information and advice, this book covers all facets of map creation. It includes classic cartographic standards such as colors, fonts, data specific mapping techniques, the cultivation of creative skills, and recommendations for novel design approaches. Featuring a down-to-earth writing style, the book includes a layout element checklist, font size charts, geologic color standards, file format pros and cons, and examples of layout designs. A companion Web site, hosted by the author, provides more learning materials, a free downloadable poster covering key content from this book, and links to other helpful Web sites.

The book does not focus on any particular software platform, therefore does not contain the traditional screen shot format with "click on this" and "use this menu" type of instructions. This format allows the guide to be used with any map making software. The author draws on classic map-design concepts, the latest design theory, and other disciplines, demonstrating how to create end results that exemplify what map ought to be: clear, informative, and uniquely suited to their purpose.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding and Clear Steps to Map Design
After reading Gretchen's book, just as she explained in her forward, I wished I had had this book in front of me 8 years ago.It's simple steps and honest, frank tone give the reader just the right amount of guidance to create effective, clear, good-looking maps.Personally, I liked Gretchen's approach to looking for inspiration in the everyday - finding color, style and layout inspiration through nontraditional cartographic arenas.The most useful aspect of her book, though, is the simple and clear instructions in which she lays out the steps and provides useful tools to creating a map that is powerful, concise and easy to understand.

Whether you are deep into your GIS career or a day-one graduate, I think there is quite a lot to be learned from "GIS Cartography".

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for designing maps
Many people think that making a map is easy - just press a few buttons and it is done.
This book does an excellent job in explaining many of the concepts and principles involved in map design. The book contains a lot of information on what the cartographer must think about when creating a map; core elements include layout design, fonts, colors, features, and media involved in presenting the map. The overriding message is that a good map takes a lot of work and effort.
I highly recommend this book for anyone making maps- regardless whether they are novices or experienced cartographers and for anyone who is asking someone to make a map for them. I have been making maps for over 20 years; this book is a wonderful addition to my current collection of books on cartography.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Reference for the Casual Cartographer
I am a co-author of the new URISA 'Cartography and Map Design' one-day workshop. As someone who was trained as a cartographer many years ago, I wanted to see what current recommendations were for good map design.Gretchen Peterson's book provides an excellent framework for understanding the map design process and implementing best practices in map production.This book is well organized, beginning with a process overview of map design, then progressing to very specific 'best-practices' recommendations.I highly recommend this book to anyone who has not been trained as a cartographer but who needs to develop effective maps as part of their job responsibilities.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book yet on cartographic design for GIS users
This book is the best book yet for designing cartographically accurate and intelligible maps as a GIS user. I have been a cartography educator at the University of Minnesota and UW-River Falls. Most books dwell on how to use ArcGIS. This one doesn't. This one uses layperson English to explain to people already familiar with GIS software of any type how to design maps that look good. Exactly what is needed in this day and age of GIS users making unintelligible and counter-productive maps! The best book I have read in years for students. I highly recommend it for practicing GIS users who know they are making crappy maps, as well as for instructors in smaller academic programs that are expanding their GIS offerings at the expense of courses in cartographic design. I have written and submitted a review to CaGIS of this book that should be coming out in 2009 or early 2010 if you would like more information.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Text for Map Design
As a college professor teaching GIS, I found this book to be extremely useful for students who have no previous map making or design skills. I especially like the "Best Practices" sections that help students learn from real world applications. The book also includes a nice variety of examples, from basic to advanced maps.

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11. GIS, Spatial Analysis, and Modeling
Paperback: 496 Pages (2005-08-01)
list price: US$59.95 -- used & new: US$23.90
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Asin: 1589481305
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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A guide for geographic analysts, modelers, software engineers, and GIS professionals, this book discusses agent-based modeling, dynamic feedback and simulation modeling, as well as links between models and GIS software. This collection also presents a state-of-the-art understanding of applications based on environmental, atmospheric, hydrological, urban, social, health, and economic models.
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4-0 out of 5 stars A collection of case studies...
...rather than a "how to" or tutorial ESRI book, but nonetheless interesting for learning different approaches to solving spatial problems.The math content is minimal, but the target audience is probably the researcher rather than the GIS practitioner.The individual chapters are well-written, but since they span such a broad range of topics (see the TOC below) few people are likely to read this book cover-to-cover.I was content to have been able to borrow it from the library.


GIS and Modeling Overview
Michael F. Goodchild
Towards a GIS Platform for Spatial Analysis and Modeling
David J. Maguire
Approaches to Modeling in GIS: Spatial Representation and Temporal Dynamics
Michael Batty

Tools and Techniques: Introduction by David J. Maguire

Assessing the Uncertainty Resulting from Geoprocessing Operations
Konstantin Krivoruchko and Carol A. Gotway Crawford
Spatial Statistical Modeling in a GIS Environment
Luc Anselin
Linking General-Purpose Dynamic Simulation Models with GIS
Ian Miller, Stefan Knopf, and Rick Kossik
Dynamic, Geospatial Landscape Modeling and Simulation
Thomas Maxwell and Alexey Voinov

Socioeconomic applications: Introduction by Michael Batty

Urban Growth Using Cellular Automata Models
Michael Batty and Yichun Xie
A Data Model to Represent Plans and Regulations in Urban Simulation Models
Lewis D. Hopkins, Nikhil Kaza, and Varkki G. Pallathucheril
Urban Land-Use Transportation Models
Michael Wegener
Retail and Service Location Planning
Mark Birkin
Simulating Spatially Explicit Networks for Dispersion of Infectious Diseases
Ling Bian and David Liebner
The Use of GIS in Transport Modeling
Thomas Israelsen and Rasmus Dyhr Frederiksen
The Integration of Case-Based Reasoning and GIS in a Planning Support System
Anthony G. O. Yeh

Environmental Applications: Introduction by Michael F. Goodchild

Hydrologic Modeling
David R. Maidment, Oscar Robayo, and Venkatesh Merwade
Environmental Modeling with PCRaster
Peter A. Burrough, Derek Karssenberg, and Willem van Deursen
Transition Potential Modeling for Land Cover Change
J. Ronald Eastman, Megan E. Van Fossen, and Luis A. Solrzano
Modeling the Interaction Between Humans and Animals in multiple-use Forests: A Case Study of Panthera Tigris
Sean Ahearn and J. L. David Smith
Integration of Geographic Information Systems and Agent-Based Models of Land Use: Prospects and Challenges
Dawn C. Parker
Generating Prescribed Patterns in Landscape Models
Jiunn-Der Duh and Daniel G. Brown
GIS, Spatial Analysis, and Modeling: Current Status and Future Prospects
David J. Maguire, Michael Batty, and Michael F. Goodchild

1-0 out of 5 stars GOT PhD ?
I'm a GIS manager with 23 years of real-world experience, I am the program director for the GIS degree program at Tarrant County College where I also teach advanced GIS classes ... This book was way over my head. It's first 5 pages are a matrix of the authors and their academic qualifications - there are 36 of them. That should have been a warning of the complexity of the speach.

Each chapter is written by a different author, and it's almost as if they try to speak in the most complex terms, and to be more complex than the last chapter. Written by pure acedemics FOR pure academics.

Make no mistake, the subject matter is not that complex - just the language. I would reccomend the "ESRI Guide to Spatial Analysis Volume 2" for a better primer on spatial analysis and how to make it work for you. ... Read more

12. Thinking about GIS: Geographic Information System Planning for Managers
by Roger Tomlinson
Paperback: 256 Pages (2007-06-01)
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Asin: 1589481585
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Updated and easier to use, this third edition of the GIS classic details a planning model developed for designing data and technology systems that will meet an organizations specific needs, whether its an enterprise-wide GIS or a single-shop launch.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Thinking about GIS
Perfect condition!And the material is what was required for class, so overall there aren't any complaints.This book is exactly what the title implies, thoughts about GIS...basically database management and how to stay organized & successful when in the midst of GIS projects- large or small

1-0 out of 5 stars Not recieved
It has been over a month and I still have not recieved this book. Emailed seller and not response. Maybe one day it will show up.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book and Service
I ordered book by ordinary delivery method. The book came on time and I am happy, Thanks Amazon.

3-0 out of 5 stars Software no-good
The software that comes with this book is too old to register and use.The graduate class I needed it for required the use of the software.If this product is used for college studies, buy it brand new from the bookstore.

5-0 out of 5 stars Discussions of how to plan and lunch a successful GIS system within a business environment
Roger Tomlinson's Thinking About GIS: Geographic Information System Planning For Managers has been revised and updated to provide practical details on how to implement a GIS system - and Tomlinson is known as the creator of GIS, so is in the perfect position to provide the methodology behind the practices. His background launching GIS systems around the world lends to discussions of how to plan and lunch a successful GIS system within a business environment. ... Read more

13. GIS: A Visual Approach
by Bruce Davis
Paperback: 416 Pages (2001-04-17)
list price: US$101.95 -- used & new: US$31.98
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Asin: 076682764X
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This fully updated edition of Geographic Information Systems: A Visual Approach offers a comprehensive introduction to the application of GIS concepts.The unique layout provides clear, highly intuitive graphics and corresponding concept descriptions. This invaluable reference is ideal for experienced professionals aswell as new readers. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A basic text on geographic information systems
This book uses graphics to introduce the basic concepts of geographic information systems (GIS).It does not provide detailed explanations but is very good at getting across the important concepts.A useful book for beginners. ... Read more

14. Introducing Geographic Information Systems with ArcGIS: A Workbook Approach to Learning GIS
by Michael Kennedy
Paperback: 624 Pages (2009-04-13)
list price: US$80.00 -- used & new: US$42.50
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Asin: 0470398175
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A unique approach to learning and teaching GIS, updated for ArcGIS 9.3

Introducing Geographic Information Systems with ArcGIS, Second Edition serves as both an easy-to-understand introduction to GIS and a hands-on manual for the ArcGIS 9.3 software. This combination theory-workbook approach is designed to quickly bring the reader from GIS neophyte to well-informed GIS user from both a general knowledge and practical viewpoint.

Replacing the traditional separate texts on theory and application, the book integrates a broad introduction to GIS with a software-specific workbook for ESRIs ArcGIS in a single comprehensive volume.¿Easy to read, interesting, and at times quite amusing, the new edition is even more accessible to a wide variety of readers.

Each chapter presents two mutually supporting sections:

Overview- a discussion of theory and ideas relating to GIS, laying the groundwork for spatial analysis

Step-by-step instructions on how to use ArcGIS software. There are sixty exercises and nine review exercises throughout the book, covering most of the topics students need to gain GIS jobs or continue work in GIS or GIScience

Complete with a CD-ROM containing data for working out all of the exercises, this Second Edition provides an updated examination of file geodatabases including vector, raster, and 3D GIS with terrains. On completion of this text, students will have acquired in-depth understanding of GIS theory and how to operate the ArcGIS software. They will have been exposed, through additional hands-on demonstrations, to virtually everything about GIS that supports spatial analysis.

Written by an author with over thirty years of experience writing software manuals, Introducing Geographic Information Systems with ArcGIS, Second Edition puts readers on the quick road to mastery of GIS. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars rest in peace, evan
to the author, Mr Kennedy: a chance encounter brought me to this book and a chance encounter connected me to your son, evan, years ago here in sf. i didn't know him terribly well, but well enough to appreciate him. it was nice to see your dedication to him and to his memory

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great Book, has everything for an introduction, the only low point is that some topics are treated very short (one page), but well, for an introductory book is enough. ;-)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good intro book
I purchased this book to help me with an Intro to GIS course.The book is very detailed in it's presentation of how to use ArcCatalog and ArcMap.At times,however, it seems that the author wrote it for someone who'd never turned on a computer.I found the first 150 pages to be extremely boring.Other times, my ArcMap 9.3 didn't match up with his step by step instructions and I had use my instructor as a resource to figure out how to complete the exercise.Overall it's a well written book but the mismatched instructions cause me to give it a 4 star rating.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
The book was in great condition.I received it in a timely manner.Great service!

5-0 out of 5 stars Intro to GIS with Arc GIS
very good quality book, CD included. Service was excelent it arrived very quickly, overall very good! ... Read more

15. Spatial Technology and Archaeology: The Archaeological Applications of GIS (Volume 0)
by David Wheatley, Mark Gillings
Paperback: 269 Pages (2002-01-24)
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Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and related spatial technologies have a new powerful role to play in archaeological analysis and interpretation, particularly as a tool for the management of archaeological resources. There is also a discussion of leading-edge issues, including three-dimensional GIS, object-oriented GIS, the relationship between GIS and 'Vitual Reality' technologies, and the integration of GIS with Distributed systems and the Internet. ... Read more

16. Datums and Map Projections: For Remote Sensing, GIS and Surveying, Second Edition
Paperback: 192 Pages (2008-05-14)
list price: US$73.95 -- used & new: US$56.88
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Asin: 142007041X
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A practical guide to coordinate reference systems, Datums and Map Projections: For Remote Sensing, GIS and Surveying has become a key book for many students and professionals around the world. While retaining the benefits of the first edition - clear presentation assuming no prior knowledge, a problem-solving approach, practical examples and the combination of GPS-derived data from other sources - the rewritten and expanded second edition includes a revised structure that better groups common themes, greater scope and coverage of all possible types of coordinate reference systems, more examples and case studies from around the world, terminology of the ISO 1911, and color illustrations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential book for those involved in coordinate system work
This second edition of an already excellent reference is essential to anyone working in datums and projections.I am not aware of another work with the scope and clarity of this text. ... Read more

17. Empowering Electric and Gas Utilities with GIS (Case Studies in GIS)
by Bill Meehan
Paperback: 258 Pages (2007-09-01)
list price: US$34.95 -- used & new: US$22.57
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Asin: 1589480252
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Electric and gas utilities shoulder vast responsibilities to their customers, shareholders, government regulators, and the environment, ever aware of the critical role they play in keeping homes heated, factories running, and cities illuminated. An enterprise GIS can transform utilities by rasing efficiency and lowering costs while enhancing communication and decision-making processes. Cast studies featured in Empowering Electric and Gas Utilities with GIS detail the difference an enterprise GIS can make to a power provider of any size.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential and important.
The delivery of utilities takes much energy in itself, and GIS systems can help save money by maximizing safety - covered here in a survey of GIS connections to energy provision. A fictitious utility, AnyTown Energy, is used as a case study to follow its conversion to GIS, with case studies adding details on GIS real-world applications. Utility executives, technology managers, and any GIS professional or library catering to them will find this coverage essential and important. ... Read more

18. A System for Survival: GIS and Sustainable Development
Paperback: 122 Pages (2002-01)
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Published in support of the 2002 Johannesburg Summit, this handbook details ways that geographic information system (GIS) technology is being used to raise living standards worldwide so that natural resources and habitats are not destroyed in the process. Explained are how to put GIS to work at such tasks as studying the spread of urbanization; analyzing the availability of fresh water and arable land; and visualizing, with disturbing clarity, what deforestation is doing to the planet. Additionally, a primer on the basics of GIS and other related technologies, such as GPS and satellite imagery, and a glossary of relevant technological nomenclature are provided. GIS professionals, environmentalists, and conservationists are provided with an insight into a new technology and how this technology can help preserve and protect the world. ... Read more

19. GIS Tutorial for Marketing
by Fred L Miller
Spiral-bound: Pages (2007-06-01)
list price: US$79.95 -- used & new: US$46.35
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Asin: 1589480791
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This third book in the GIS Tutorial series teaches students and professionals how to do the analysis that most marketing books encourage students to learn. Includes two CDs: a 180-day trial version of ArcGIS 9.2 software, including extensions; and a data CD with MS Word report templates, tutorial datasets, and samples of Business Analyst and Community Tapestry data.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Brand new topic made easy
I had never used GIS before, but this book gave me step by step instructions and made everything very easy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Marketing Analysis to impress the boss
There are so many diciplines that can benefit from GIS, but the trick is in knowing how to apply it to your specific area of study. This tutorial does an excellent job of highlighting common analysis tasks in the marketing realm and showing how to set up and perform useful analysis. After a few quick projects, my boss was very impressed with the results. ... Read more

20. GIs and Germans: Culture, Gender, and Foreign Relations, 1945-1949
by Dr. Petra Goedde, Petra Goedde
Hardcover: 304 Pages (2002-11-01)
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Asin: 0300090226
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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At the end of World War II roughly 300,000 American GIs were deployed as occupation forces in Germany. Many of them quickly developed intimate relations with their former enemies. Those informal interactions played a significant role in the transformation of Germany from enemy to ally of the United States, argues Petra Goedde in her engrossing book.

Goedde finds that as American soldiers fraternized with German civilians, particularly as they formed sexual relationships with women, they developed a feminized image of Germany that contrasted sharply with their wartime image of the aggressive Nazi stormtrooper. A perception of German "victimhood" emerged that was fostered by the German population and adopted by Americans. According to Goedde, this new view of Germany provided a foundation for the political rapprochement that developed between the two countries even before the advent of the Cold War. Her provocative findings suggest that the study of foreign relations should focus on interactions not only between politicians and diplomats but also between ordinary citizens. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars important
GIS aND GERMANS helps shed light on the remarkable efforts by Americans in Germany to change the ideology of the Germans and prevent another NAZI regime from coming into power.Really it reminds us that American soldiers and volunteers in the past were tremendously devoted to instilling new moral values into the next german generation, and such an infusion of AMerican values and beleifs, helped Germany enormously.

5-0 out of 5 stars A new voice in american history
Petra Goedde's oevre gives us new insight into german-american relations from the 40ies until nowadays. Her approach is amazingly fresh and highly unusual especially for those of us who thought of foreign affairs mainly on the level of official diplomacy. We'd like to hear more from the author - well done, Petra! ... Read more

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