“In order to own the land, you need to know where it is,” best-selling author Simon Winchester writes. There are 317 international borders today, and at least 50 in the U.S. Many are formed by natural divides, but most from “the seemingly random apportionment of the hinterlands by politicians, generals, or faraway officials.” In this study group, we will read Winchester’s Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World (Harpers, 2021). The book is a political work and a chronicle of human efforts to possess, restrict, exploit, and improve our lands. We will meet conquerors and cartographers, collectivists and capitalists who cast long shadows. We will examine the ideology, greed, and conflict which led them to plant their flags. We will look at the tension between the world of “don’t fence me in” vs. “get off my lawn.” If you liked How to Hide an Empire, you will like this study group, too.