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A valuable resource,
This review is from: The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the Way We Live (Hardcover)
The three- hundred and sixty- six maps, or as the authors call them 'cartograms' in this book present a picture of how each of the areas and nations of the world stack up 'demographically' in regard to a wide variety of physical parameters. The major areas covered in the book are :Land Area and Population * Travel and Transport * Natural Resources and Energy * Globalization and Internationalism * Food and Consumables * Minerals, Natural Products and Petrochemicals * Manufactured Goods and Services * Wealth and Poverty * Employment and Productivity * Housing and Education * Communication and Media * Health and Illness * Death and Disaster * War and Crime * Pollution and Depletion * Extinction and Endangerment.
The great problem I have with the book is that it really does not make clear the position of most nations in relation to most of the parameters in question. There are accompanying charts but these cover the for instance ten most populous and ten least populous countries of the world. I believe it would have been far more instructive had there been charts accompanying each map in which each particular nation of the world was ranked.