WHO OWNS THE WORLD / Review

Who Owns The World
by Kevin Cahill
with Rob McMahon
From the Publisher:

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.

About the Authors:

Kevin Cahill was born in the Irish Republic, and now lives in Devon, in the UK, with his wife. They have three daughters. A former army officer, Kevin has worked in the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the Irish Parliament, and the European Parliament as an adviser and researcher. He is the author of a number of books on business, trade, and landownership and was a researcher on the original Sunday Times Rich List.

Rob McMahon is a freelance writer and editor with more than fifteen years experience in book publishing.

For a couple of fun quiz’, go HERE & HERE.

My Review:
I was so excited when I found out about this book.
It immediately made me think of my dad.
For years, he has talked of designing a program for schools
to teach students about the fact that,
(*and I quote my dad-and ask that you please 
respect that this is his idea*)
“Every Square Inch” 
of the world is owned by someone.
This book tells all.
State by State
&
Continent by Continent.
Absolutely FASCINATING!
Did you know that Samoa is comprised of
9 different islands?
How about that the most expensive home
listed for sale in the US in 2009 was
a little place 
(45 thousand square foot home on 5 acres)
in Beverly Hills…
asking price $125 million?
Ok – here’s another tidbit…
In 2001 Gibraltar had a population
of 28,231?
And…Vatican City is the smallest country (108.8 acres) in the world.
  I’m a nerd, I admit it…I just love this kind of stuff!
Thanks so much to 
Hachette Book Group USA
for providing me with a copy of
 Who Owns The World.


WHO OWNS THE WORLD / Review

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