- CD-ROM: 328 pages
- Publisher: Cengage Learning; Revised edition (June 4, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0843712953
- ISBN-13: 978-0843712957
- Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,535,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal
The Hammond Citation has a unique format. Most of the maps portray individual countries or states along with small topographical and economic maps, brief fact tables, the country flag, and a map index--all on the same or adjacent pages. There is no comprehensive index. While Hammond intends this "to make the retrieval of information as simple and quick as possible," it is telling that none of the company's large reference atlases are arranged this way. While the political maps of the states contain a lot of detail, overall this title lacks both the depth of content and ease of access essential to a reference atlas.
Copyright 1998 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Since 2000. Hammond, American Map, Langenscheidt Dictionaries, Insight travel Guides, Delorme - the famous names in the Langenscheidt family. These represent the most authoritative, up-to-date, and extensive travel and reference products available. In January 2003, the renowned Berlitz Publishing became part of the Langenscheidt Group. The Langenscheidt Publishing Group, the premier group of map and travel companies, offers over 4,000 North American and international street maps, road maps, atlases. language-learning, bilingual dictionaries, and travel-related products covering countries, cities, and languages in every continent.
Top customer reviews
The separate indexes are helpful. If you have no idea what country a city is in, you can find out on the internet; but if you start with a country, you can use the atlas to see what's there and ignore what's not, for simplicity and speed. A few maps are split between facing pages, but there's a margin at the binding so that nothing is obscured.
That said, however, there are several qualities that make this, in my opinion, the finest World Atlas ever printed:
One: if you enjoy atlases for precise political detail, the Hammond Citation Atlas is the most precise of them all. After surveying every atlas in Borders and Barnes & Noble, I found that 99% of the "prettier" and more expensive books failed to present the political subdivisions of nations, except the US, Canada, sometimes Australia, and, once in a blue moon, Mexico. Hammond Citation, on the other hand, gives you EVERYTHING, no over-simplification, no mediocrity, no pretty but academically useless movie-poster maps. If you believe, as I do, that reference books should provide reference, this fine volume is the only one that fits that bill.
Two: This Atlas does not ignore the existence of small territories, as many of the "finer" atlases do. If you want to find St. Helena (UK) in the South Atlantic, by George, you will find it. I have great respect for Rand McNally, a source of good atlases. Unfortunately, they often don't place Navassa Is. (US), south of Guantanamo, anywhere on earth. Details such as those are the reason I appreciate Hammond.
Three: This book does not run its maps into the book seam. I cannot put into words what an importance difference this makes.
Four: Most of the maps are excellently proportioned. A few of them are uncomfortably small, like the Caribbean, but these belong to a very small minority.
Five: Outside of National Geographic maps, which I consider the best, Hammond's color scheme for political maps is the most clear, logical, useful, and pleasing to the eye. Political maps are their finest accomplishment.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book for those who appreciate concise and precise geographic knowledge in an affordable format, and reject prettier but unscholarly maps in an expensive book you can't use.