Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Giveaway-Who Owns The World: The Surprising Truth About Every Piece of Land by Kevin Cahill and Rob McMahon

I have five copies of this book to giveaway. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents. Sorry but no PO Box addresses. To enter, leave a comment with your email address. If I can't contact you, another winner will be chosen. Winners will be selected on January 15.

Book Summary:
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.


  1. I'd love to read this. Thanks for the chance!

  2. This one sounds great and very interesting
    would love to win a copy
    copperllama at yahoo dot com

  3. This looks really interesting. I'd love to read it.
    Lavendarlittle at gmail dot com. Thanks!

  4. Sounds full of interesting facts I'd love to read :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  5. Please count me in.

    simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

  6. Please count me in. I just love books with facts like this.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  7. Back in university, I took a bunch of courses on geography expecting them to be the regular, ho-hum steroetypical things you had to take in grade school, but was pleasantly surprised when they turned into the most intricate and unique lessons on culture, people, places, etc. I learned how everything is connected from language, art, economy, politics, poverty, wealth, immigration and birth and death statistics, even the spread of viruses! It was fascinating, so I would LOVE to read this book. Please accept this as my entry. Thank you!

    Aliya D.

  8. I really want to read this! I love books like this :-)

    crystalmarieporter at gmail dot com

  9. This sounds like a very interesting must read book.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

  10. Please count me in! Thanks for the giveaway!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  11. Please enter me in your giveaway.

  12. Sounds fascinating--

    karin56381 (at)

  13. I would love to learn who our world's land owners are.

  14. I would love to read this book!

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  15. An eye opener for sure, please count me
    in on this super book.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  16. please enter me

  17. This sounds like something we should all read

  18. This sounds quite interesting.

  19. Please enter me in this giveaway!

    saemmerson at yahoo dot com

    Sarah Emmerson

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  21. My dad would love this!
    michelejdaley at gmail dot com

  22. Having children that have traveled to Iraq, Scotland, South Africa, London, Mexico, Philippines, Germany and Switzerland to name a few feel we know information about cultures and people that some in our small town don't but as far as the facts you list, most of them were a complete surprise. Would love to have this information at our fingertips for the next traveling experience of one of my children.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book. I can be contacted at

  23. Sounds like a very interesting topic!

  24. This sounds fascinating, and I would love to give it a read.

  25. Please enter me.

  26. Count me in.

  27. Please add me to your list of want to be winners

  28. This book sounds so interesting. I never really thought about this before. Love to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!


  29. This is something I've never even thought about. Sounds like a fascinating book - thanks for the chance to win it : D

    slawoszewski(at)yahoo(dot) com

  30. I would love to win! Thanks so much for offering the book!

    jeffintennessee at gmail dot com

  31. I am not just a reader, but a "true" lover of books, this is a great contest and I thank you for having it:)