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15 January 2010

Book Review of Who Owns the World by Kevin Cahill and Rob McMahon

Title: Who Owns the World: The Surprising Truth About Every Piece of Land On the Planet
Author: Kevin Cahill, Rob McMahon
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: January 29, 2010
Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN: 9780446581219
Genre: Reference, Science


About the Book:

You don't have to be a student of geography or cartography to have an interest in the world around you, especially with globalization making our planet seem smaller than ever. Now you can IM someone in Alaska, purchase coffee beans from Timor-Leste, and visit Dubai. But what do we really know about these lands? WHO OWNS THE WORLD presents the results of the first-ever landownership survey of all 197 states and 66 territories of the world, and reveals facts both startling and eye-opening. You'll learn that:
--Only 15% of the world's population lays claim to landownership, and that landownership in too few hands is probably the single greatest cause of poverty.
--Queen Elizabeth II owns 1/6 of the entire land surface on earth (nearly 3 times the size of the U.S.).
--The Lichtenstein royal family is wealthier than the Grimaldis of Monaco.
--80% of the American population is crammed in urban areas.
--The least crowded state is Alaska, with 670 acres per person. The most crowded is New Jersey, with .7 acres per person. --60% of America's population are property owners. That's behind the UK (69% homeownership).
--And much, much more! With its relevance to contemporary issues and culture, WHO OWNS THE WORLD makes for fascinating reading. Both entertaining and educational, it provides cocktail party conversation for years to come and is guaranteed to change the way you view the U.S. and the world.

My Review:

Who Own the World is an exceptionally well researched and constructed reference book detailing every landmass in the world. This reference book explains who owns what lands, compares the GDP, land space, populations and so much more of every country. Including, but not limited to, information such as how each state in the United States of America was named, when each became a state, populations, land per person, how the state was formed and how the state is owned. As soon as the book arrived, my teenage son picked it up, thrummed through the pages then sat down and read from cover to cover. Whether a person is simply interested in one country, or a global perspective, this reference book will not let the reader down. With a reader friendly format, key to abbreviations, detailed descriptions, and easy to read charts Who Owns the World will provide the reader with better insight into global land history as well as thought provoking discussions.

About the Authors:

Kevin Cahill was born in the Irish Republic, and now lives in Devon, in the UK, with his wife. They have three daughters. A former army officer, Kevin has worked in the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the Irish Parliament, and the European Parliament as an adviser and researcher. He is the author of a number of books on business, trade, and landownership and was a researcher on the original Sunday Times Rich List.

Rob McMahon is a freelance writer and editor with more than fifteen years experience in book publishing.

Take the Quiz and see how well you score.

Further information:

Who Owns the World Website.

Why write Who Owns the World?

I received a free copy of Who Owns the World by Kevin Cahill and Rob McMahon from Hachette as part of the tour. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



Heather said...

I didn't do all that well on the quiz. Good thing it is my next book up to read.

I enjoyed your review and I think I will loan the book to my teenage son when I am finished.

Bluestocking said...

I'll try the quiz later. This book sounds interesting.

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

Great review! I've ordered this book and can't wait to read it. I think my husband and son will love it as well!

stacybuckeye said...

I didn't do so well on the quiz. Guess I need to get the book :)