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The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the Way We Live
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If you can distort the globe for the purpose of showing population concentrations, why not distort it to show, say, exports of toys, or imports of toys? Those maps are here, too. There are 366 colorful maps in this big, glossy, handsome, and thought-provoking book. Some of the distortions are mild, some are so extreme as to look more like Jupiter than Earth.Read more ›
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.
The US thinks of itself as highly educated, but map 247, "Growth in Secondary Education Spending" shows the US as almost nonexistent in proportion to other countries. The highest is western Europe, India, China, Japan and Brazil. For wealth China is about to come full circle by 2015 and exceed the US in wealth. At a glance you see the net importers and exporters of goods and services. The Middle East stands out for fuel exports while the US is the largest fuel importer. These are all cartograms, there is no need to look at a data table. Through color and distortion, you know, immediately, who is larger, smaller, richer, poorer, and more.
There is a significant quote on each page for each topic. 'At City Toys Ltd, . . . . Shenzhen, youngsters worked 16-hour days, seven days a week.' The cartogram shows China far and away the largest exporter of toys. Deaths from Cholera overwhelm Africa and India while the rest of the world shrinks away.
[...] is a site that compliments the text and makes the information all the more accessible and useful. It gives you a full, cross-referenced index and makes the information in all the maps easily accessible. The 400 page text (28 * 24 cm) is too big to carry around, the web site makes the information accessible almost anywhere.
l use the text and the web site in the Human Geography, Geomorphology and Meteorology courses I teach. Students love the colors, shapes and easy access to data. This sets a high standard for other map - data combinations.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Makes geographical information accessible and fascinating.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book was supposedly back-ordered, but it was never sent to me, nor was my money returned. It was supposed to have been a gift for my son.Published on May 6, 2014 by Tom Hermes
It is the black book and it has a lot of detailed maps showing many demographics, I love the texture of the paper! You should purchase this for reference materials. Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by D. Jones
The book is in very good condition, as advertized. I have wanted this book for a long time and was happy to find it online.Published on January 6, 2014 by Rita Guriel
Wonderful timing, quick and professional. I highly recommend anyone this seller. No complaints. Very quick and diligent. Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by natasha Gonsalez
It takes a little while to get the 'brain click' so the maps make sense, and then it's just remarkable. I use it in classes I teach on critical thinking and creativity. Read morePublished on October 14, 2012 by Mac Bogert
At first glance, this appears to be an innovative way of presenting, often bewildering, arrays of statistics. Read morePublished on July 31, 2011 by Nigel Watson