Despite continued efforts to improve education, Americans are still lacking when it comes to geographic understanding, writes Michigan State University geography professor Harm de Blij in a letter to the editor in The New York Times. One clear example of this was a recent review of Robert D. Kaplan's book "The Revenge of Geography," he writes. Meanwhile, Brian Blouet, a geography professor at the College of William and Mary, asserts that the reviewer incorrectly implied that the writings of geostrategist Sir Halford Mackinder could be seen as racist. "Mackinder was certainly an imperialist, but he was not a racist," Blouet writes.
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