- Series: Us Atlas
- Paperback: 152 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Paper) (October 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0139322450
- ISBN-13: 978-0139322457
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,443,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Richard Saul Wurman's New Road Atlas: U.S. Atlas Paperback – October, 1991
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The book is in several sections: the first eighty-one pages have maps of the country, the next forty-four are city/suburb maps (twenty-five by twenty-five miles) fifteen pages of city street maps (five by five miles) then a sixteen page index. Perhaps the best thing about the country maps is that Wurman deleted a huge amount of detail that proper map books feel inclined to include. Each map spread has a wide margin left and right that carries historical highlights and what to see in that map area. Highways are in white with tone shadow effect and they do look very accessible visually. The suburb and city maps repeat the historical and contemporary text but across the top of each spread.
This is a rather attractive atlas, every page in color and though it is a square paperback it can be opened flat thanks to the Otabind method (very impressive) but now I think it will only interest designers who are in the infographic business and cartographers who collect books that took a flesh approach to mapping.