Unruly Places: Lost Spaces Secret Cities And Other Inscrutable Geographies by Alastair BonnettUnruly Places: Lost Spaces Secret Cities And Other Inscrutable Geographies by Alastair Bonnett

Unruly Places: Lost Spaces Secret Cities And Other Inscrutable Geographies

byAlastair Bonnett

Hardcover | July 8, 2014

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Alastair Bonnett’s tour of the world’s most unlikely micro-nations, moving villages, secret cities, and no man’s lands shows us the modern world from surprising new vantage points, and is bound to inspire urban explorers, off-the-beaten-trail wanderers, and armchair travellers. He connects what we see on maps to what’s happening in the world by looking at the places that are hardest to pin down: inaccessible zones, improvised settlements, and multiple cities sharing the same space.

Consider Hobyo, a real-life pirate capital on the coast of the Indian Ocean, or Sealand, an abandoned gun platform off the English coast that a British citizen claimed as his own sovereign nation, issuing passports and making his wife a princess. Or Sandy Island, which appeared on maps well into 2012, despite the fact that it never existed.

Illustrated with original maps and drawings, Unruly Places gives readers a new way of understanding the places we occupy. It’s a stunning testament to how mysterious the world remains today.

 Alastair Bonnett is a professor of social geography at Newcastle University. He has contributed to history and current-affairs magazines on a wide variety of topics, such as world population and radical nostalgia. He was editor of the avant-garde, psycho geographical magazine Transgressions: A Journal of Urban Exploration from 1994 to...
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Title:Unruly Places: Lost Spaces Secret Cities And Other Inscrutable GeographiesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.29 × 6.33 × 1.05 inPublished:July 8, 2014Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0670067180

ISBN - 13:9780670067183

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring I found this book to be pretty boring. Instead of reading the rest of this book, I'll just read the Atlas Obscura blog some more which is very similar to this book.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Neat-O A neat book of things you don't hear about everyday.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from fun and quirky Each chapter is short and sweet. This is one geographer who is able to grab your attention and simplify things without missing the point. Loved the stuff on the Minneapolis underground street labyrinths (hey, it's for shoppers to stay warm in their very cold winters) as well as border oddities in Africa.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting book! This book was even more interesting than I expected it to be. The only slight criticism I have is that I wish the author had written a little more about his personal experiences of the places he has visited. But that is a small criticism; the book was well-written and the places described are fascinating. Definitely worth reading.
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