Jan 4, 2010, 9:51 AM
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The following is a press release about the new book co-authored by Dr. Richard Rhoda and myself, which should be on sale from early next week.
Ajijic Book launch: Geo-Mexico: the geography and dynamics of modern Mexico.
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Geo-Mexico provides a comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of modern Mexico from climates to culture, economy to ecosystems, population to politics, transportation to tourism and globalization to gated communities. It is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in Mexico.
The book's publication is the focus of several events:
Monday January 11, 12:30 pm - presentation on “Man and Nature in Mexico” by Burton and Rhoda at the weekly ACA Eco Talks on the back patio of Lake Chapala Society (LCS) in Ajijic. Note this event is on Monday, not the usual Tuesday ACA Eco Talks time slot.
Wednesday January 13th - Burton (with Rhoda) will speak at the Canadian Club meeting at La Nueva Posada in Ajijic, 3 to 6 PM.
Friday January 15th - the two authors will be at the LCS Sala to initiate Dr. Rhoda’s series of ten Friday noon lectures based on the book. Sala space is limited, so interested participants should sign up at the LCS Office.
Saturday January 16th - a formal book signing, with light refreshments, is scheduled at La Nueva Posada from 4 to 6 PM.
The book assesses Mexico’s success in meeting its demographic, economic, and environmental challenges in comparison to other major world countries. Did you realize that Mexico is one of only six world countries which rank in the top 15 worldwide in terms of population, economic production and land area? “Geo-Mexico” is the first book in English for adults specifically about Mexico’s geography for at least 150 years! It utilizes a variety of concepts, models and theories to engage readers in contemporary issues such as development, international migration, urban sprawl, sustainability and hazards like hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes and global warming. “Geo-Mexico” explains Mexico’s growing north-south, urban-rural divide in terms of economic production, income, quality of life, culture, and voting patterns. It traces historical processes behind Mexico’s current patterns of landforms, population, urbanization, transportation, communications, tourism and migration.
Richard Rhoda, PhD Geographer and Ajijic resident since 1999, has directed major development programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America as well as authored a book on development planning. In addition to teaching several university level geography courses and publishing numerous articles in professional journals, Richard has delivered scores of lectures on such topics as modern Mexico, development, urban systems, migration, environment and demography.
Tony Burton is a.... well most of you know who I am!
Geo-Mexico’s thirty easy-to-read chapters (8 pages on average) cover all aspects of Mexico’s geography in surprising depth. The book has more than 100 original maps, graphs and diagrams. Over 50 text boxes highlight illustrative examples and case studies. For example, did you know that Mexico’s Copper Canyon is larger than the USA’s Grand Canyon? or that Mexico’s world renowned poverty program, Oportunidades, is being replicated in New York City? or that current Mexican newborns have excellent odds of living to be 100 or more? Geo-Mexico, which includes complete references, notes, bibliography, and index, is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in Mexico.
Geo-Mexico, which lists at $39.95 in the US, will be available locally for $390 pesos at the following locations:
Ajijic: La Nueva Posada, Libros y Revistas Chapala (Bugambilas Plaza Newsstand), Diane Pearl’s Collection, Lois Cugini’s Opus Boutique and LCS patio;
Jocotepec: Papeleria O’Shea
Guadalajara: Sandi Bookstore.
It should also soon be available in San Miguel de Allende at El Tecolote Bookstore, the Biblioteca gift shop, and Garrison and Garrison Books as well as in Puerto Vallarta at The Book Store.
For further information contact Richard Rhoda, 766-4522, firstname.lastname@example.org or Tony Burton email@example.com or visit geo-mexico.com
(This post was edited by tonyburton on Jan 4, 2010, 2:51 PM)