Unruly Places

Unruly Places

Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies

Book - 2014
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A tour of the world’s hidden geographies—from disappearing islands to forbidden deserts—and a stunning testament to how mysterious the world remains today

At a time when Google Maps Street View can take you on a virtual tour of Yosemite’s remotest trails and cell phones double as navigational systems, it’s hard to imagine there’s any uncharted ground left on the planet. InUnruly Places, Alastair Bonnett goes to some of the most unexpected, offbeat places in the world to reinspire our geographical imagination.

Bonnett’s remarkable tour includes moving villages, secret cities, no man’s lands, and floating islands. He explores places as disorienting as Sandy Island, an island included on maps until just two years ago despite the fact that it never existed. Or Sealand, an abandoned gun platform off the English coast that a British citizen claimed as his own sovereign nation, issuing passports and crowning his wife as a princess. Or Baarle, a patchwork of Dutch and Flemish enclaves where walking from the grocery store’s produce section to the meat counter can involve crossing national borders.

An intrepid guide down the road much less traveled, Bonnett reveals that the most extraordinary places on earth might be hidden in plain sight, just around the corner from your apartment or underfoot on a wooded path. Perfect for urban explorers, wilderness ramblers, and armchair travelers struck by wanderlust, Unruly Places will change the way you see the places you inhabit.


A beautiful tour of the world's hidden geographies—from disappearing islands to forbidden deserts—and a stunning testament to how mysterious the world remains today

Baker & Taylor
"The real-life answers to Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, Unruly Places explores the most extraordinary, off-grid, offbeat places on the planet. Alastair Bonnett's tour of the planet's most unlikely micro-nations, moving villages, secret cities, and noman's lands shows us the modern world from surprising new vantage points, bound to inspire urban explorers, off-the-beaten-trail wanderers, and armchair travelers. 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, multiple cities sharing the same space. Consider 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 Baarle, a patchwork city of Dutch and Flemish enclaves where crossing the street can involve traversing national borders. Or Sandy Island, which appeared on maps well into 2012 despite the fact it never existed. Illustrated with original maps and drawings, Unruly Places gives readers a new way of understanding the places we occupy. "--

Baker
& Taylor

An exploration of the world's hidden geographies reveals the moving villages, secret cities, and no man's lands that will inspire urban explorers, off-the-beaten-trail wanderers, and armchair travelers.
Illustrated with original maps and drawings, this stunning exploration of the world's hidden geographies reveals the moving villages, secret cities and no man's lands that will inspire urban explorers, off-the-beaten-trail wanderers and armchair travelers. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
ISBN: 9780544101579
054410157X
Branch Call Number: 910 B643u
Characteristics: xvi, 270 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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diannehildebrand
Sep 07, 2017

I loved this book. Very readable, with a great mix of philosophy and description. Just a few times I needed more physical description of the unruly place - the author occasionally assumes details that the reader simply doesn't know.

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Mooseum
Jul 06, 2017

A thoughtful book about wide-ranging kinds of places, many which we might not have heard of before. A sense of place is important to our sense of self, and yet, it is disappearing as the world becomes more homogenized and developed.

Subjects include lost spaces, hidden geographies, no man's lands, dead cities, spaces of exception, enclaves and breakaway nations, floating islands, and ephemeral places. This book helps one to re-think their sense of place and what it might mean.

A nice addition is the latitude and longitude of some of the places so you can find them on Google maps.

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tocch101
Oct 07, 2015

A very interesting read about places that seem to fall in between in a variety of ways. Inspiring.

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thomqui
Apr 06, 2015

Not typical by any means, Bonnett has you scratching your head as he takes you to places on the planet that you never thought of as distinct locales.

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