By Neil Smith
The tale unfolds via a decisive account of the profession of Isaiah Bowman (1878–1950), the main well-known American geographer of the 20 th century. for almost 4 many years Bowman operated round the vortex of country energy, operating to carry an American order to the worldwide panorama. An explorer at the recognized Machu Picchu day trip of 1911 who got here to be identified first as "Woodrow Wilson’s geographer," and later as Frankin D. Roosevelt’s, Bowman was once current on the construction of U.S. liberal international policy.
A quarter-century later, Bowman was once on the heart of Roosevelt’s kingdom division, eager about the disposition of Germany and heightened U.S. entry to eu colonies; he used to be defined by way of Dean Acheson as a key "architect of the United Nations." In that interval he used to be a pace-setter in American technology, served as president of Johns Hopkins college, and have become an early and vociferous chilly warrior. a classy, contradictory, and now and then arguable determine who used to be greatly within the public eye, he seemed at the hide of Time magazine.
Bowman’s profession as a geographer in an period whilst the price of geography used to be deeply wondered presents a distinct window into the contradictory makes use of of geographical wisdom within the building of the yankee Empire. Smith’s historic excavation unearths, in extensive strokes but with vigorous aspect, that latest American-inspired globalization springs now not from the Eighties yet from past moments in 1919 and 1945, either one of which resulted in failure. through recharting the geography of this historical past, Smith brings the politics—and the limits—of modern globalization sharply into focus.