Mark Monmonier


My Current Projects
Continues the Patents Project by examining the life and impact of the inventor of the Clock System map and rural directory.
“What if I told you that behind every great map is a network and behind every great network is a map?”
Fully updated for the digital age, which offers new opportunities for cartographic mischief, deception, and propaganda
“Thoroughly researched, well written, and richly illustrated with original patent drawings.” – Judith Tyner
“a milestone in the historical study of twentieth-century cartography” – Journal of Historical Geography
“His irrepressible wit shines . . .” – Imago Mundi
“unexpectedly engrossing . . . overcomes all Weather Channel wonkery as a charmingly executed slice of Americana.” – Publishers Weekly
“Well written, engaging, mildly provocative, quirky at times.” – H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences
“An informative and entertaining read on climate change via the science of cartography.” – Weatherwise
“Engaging . . . a trove of giggle-inducing lore.” – Publishers Weekly
“A rewarding study of mapmaking and the uses of maps.” – Scientific American
“Engaging, even-handed introduction to the dark side of mapping technology.” – Physical Science Digest
“An artful and a funny book, which like any good map packs plenty in a little space.” – Scientific American
“Clever title, rewarding book.” – Scientific American
How maps help people avoid and officials plan for disasters.
Encyclopedia Entry
Article in The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology (2017).
Scholarly Screeds
Published on (11 January 2016) and (13 January 2016), DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3332.7126.
Published on and, 17 January 2016, DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1235.5605.
Glimpse: the art + science of seeing, no. 8 (Autumn 2011): 14-21.
Weiner Schriften zur Geographie und Kartographie [Institut für Geographie und Regionalforschung der Universität Wien], 2004

Now in paperback!

University of Chicago Press, 1999.

"even if this information were not presented in such a lively and engaging manner, it would still hook any reader who checks the weather map every morning or who sits happily entranced through a fully cycle of forecasts on the Weather Channel." --Boston Globe

"The pursuit of accuracy in forecasting is the subject of Air Apparent, Mark Monmonier’s breezy, elucidating history of weather mapping, now out in paperback. " --The New Yorker

"Populating his tableau with the weather bureaucrats, newspaper editors, and innovative meteorologists who contributed to the daily weather map, Monmonier cements his status as the popular expositor of cartography, with his hallmark of technical detail expressed in a fluid, vibrant narrative. A sleeper Weather Channel loyalists will clamor for." --Booklist

"Mark Monmonier is onto a winner with Air Apparent. . . . It is good, accessible science and excellent history. . . . Read it." --New Scientist

"a superb first reading for any backyard novice of weather . . . but even the veteran forecaster or researcher will find it engaging and, in some cases, enlightening" --Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

"As twenty-first-century weather watchers turn to their televisions or the Internet for news, they should thank the art, the technology and the intricate social fabric, whose evolution Monmonier describes so ebulliently, that makes it all seem so fast, effortless and reliable." --The Sciences

"fascinating book" --Times Literary Supplement

"the writing is stylish, and the author’s enthusiasm is infectious." --Imago Mundi

No Dig, No Fly, No Go (2010)

Coast Lines (2008)

From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow (2006)

Rhumb Lines and Map Wars (2004)

Spying with Maps (2002)

Bushmanders and Bullwinkles (2001)

Air Apparent (1999)

Cartographies of Danger (1997)

Drawing the Line (1995)

Mapping It Out (1993)

How to Lie with Maps (1991)

Maps with the News (1989)

Map Appreciation (1988, with George Schnell)

Technological Transition in Cartography (1985)

The Study of Population (1983, with George Schnell)

Computer-Assisted Cartography (1982)

Maps, Distortion and Meaning (1977)

Out-of-print but worth looking for if you're a fan or map enthusiast

Drawing the Line: Tales of Maps and Cartocontroversy (1995) was a wide-ranging look at the societal impact of mapping. Several of its chapters (or sections thereof) were developed later into full, book-length essays.