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The AAG Review of Books was launched in 2013. Book reviews were formerly published in the AAG’s flagship journals, Annals of the AAG and The Professional Geographer, but these have now been brought together in one place, offering scope for more reviews and discussions.

The journal contains scholarly reviews of current books related to geography, public policy and international affairs. It also features review essays reflecting on several books on a particular theme, and book review fora with multiple contributors discussing a title.

The AAG Review of Books is published quarterly (January, April, July and October), online only. Each new issue makes two reviews freely available, and all content older than a year is completely free access for all.

The AAG Review of Books Editor To Slow Processes in Response to Challenges Caused by COVID-19


Book review solicitation

Book reviews are written on invitation from the editorial office, although the Editor does welcome suggestions, particularly those pertaining to geographically significant works written by scholars in other disciplines.

To suggest a recently-published book for review or to volunteer to review a new book, please contact the Editor.

If you have been invited to review a book for the journal please consult the following documents regarding manuscript preparation and style:

Guidelines for Reviewers 


AAG Review of Books Humboldt Book Award

The AAG Review of Books Humboldt Book Award for Enduring Scholarship in Geography was established to recognize a single book reviewed in the AAG Review of Books (AAGRB), judged to be a work that not only represents geographic scholarship at its best, but a book that also promises enduring scholarly value and importance. The selection of the AAG Review of Books Humboldt Book Award for Enduring Scholarship in Geography will be made every four years, from the books reviewed in the AAGRB during the prior four years. 

The inaugural winner in 2016 was Geoffrey Martin for his monumental book, “American Geography and Geographers: Toward Geographical Science." Read more in the Press Release.

Online access

AAG Members receive online access to all past and current issues of The AAG Review of Books - go to the Members Only page and log in using your AAG member ID, then choose Publications on the top menu and navigate to the AAG Journals page.

FREE access

Each issue the Editor chooses two reviews to release as free access. One year after publication complete issues of the journal are freely accessible to all.

Latest issue

The Spring 2020 issue of The AAG Review of Books is now available online


Back issues

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Editorial and production teams

Find out about the Editor, Editorial Board and Production team responsible for The AAG Review of Books


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