The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the Way We Live / Edition 2

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"Anyone with a yen for maps and statistics will be endlessly fascinated. . . enough unusual maps and mind-boggling data to appeal to a wider readership.”—Chicago Tribune
In this definitive reference, sophisticated software combines with comprehensive analysis of every aspect of life to represent the world as it really is. Digitally modified maps or cartograms depict the areas and countries of the world not by their physical size, but by their demographic importance on a vast range of subjects, from basic data on population, health, and occupation to how many toys we import and who’s eating the most vegetables.
Each territory on a map displays its data geographically, shrinking and expanding in proportion to other areas. The cartograms are organized into topics ranging from Food and Consumables to Pollution and Depletion, and are accompanied by graphs, charts, tables, and full commentaries. This revised edition features sixteen new maps on the world’s religious beliefs and the locati

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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
“My candidate for 2008’s most mesmerizing book.”
“Will change the way we look at geography.”
Chicago Tribune
“Anyone with a yen for maps and statistics will be endlessly fascinated by this tome.”
“Sets out to inform us of the ever-changing world around us in a visual way that conveys tremendous statistical data . . .
endlessly informative.”
“Sets out to inform us of the ever-changing world around us in a visual way that conveys tremendous statistical data . . .
endlessly informative.”
Library Journal

Most large-scale world atlases feature sections of thematic maps that explore various aspects of geography and demographics. Dorling (Univ. of Sheffield), Mark Newman (Univ. of Michigan), and Anna Barford (Univ. of Sheffield) have produced an entire atlas of 366 full-color "cartograms" divided into six topical categories and 16 subcategories: "The Resourceful World" (Land Area and Population; Travel and Transport; Natural Resources and Energy); "The Trading World" (Globalization and Internationalism; Food and Consumables; Minerals, Natural Products, and Petrochemicals); "The Economic World" (Manufactured Goods and Services; Wealth and Poverty; Employment and Productivity); "The Social World" (Housing and Education; Communication and Media; Health and Illness); "The Perilous World" (Death and Disaster; War and Crime); and "The Environmental World" (Pollution and Depletion; Extinction and Endangerment). Unlike traditional maps, cartograms depict the shapes of countries not by their physical size but by their demographic importance in topical context. The authors have divided the world into 12 regions: Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America, Northern Africa, East and Southern Africa, Central Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia, Japan, and Asia-Pacific and Australasia. The cartograms are explicated by accompanying text, bar graphs by region, and statistical rankings by country (ten highest and ten lowest or top 20). Most of the current statistics are from 2002 through 2004.
—Edward K. Werner

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500288535
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Edition description: Revised and Expanded
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 706,354
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Dorling is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sheffield, England.

Mark Newman is Paul Dirac Collegiate Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan.

Anna Barford is a Research
Associate at the University of Sheffield.

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Table of Contents

The Resourceful World

Land Area and Population

Travel and Transport

Natural Resources and Energy

The Trading World

Globalization and Internationalism

Food and Consumables

Minerals, Natural Products and Petrochemicals

The Economic World

Manufactured Goods and Services

Wealth and Poverty

Employment and Productivity

The Social World

Housing and Education

Communication and Media

Health and Illness

The Perilous World

Death and Disaster

War and Crime

The Environmental World

Pollution and Depletion

Extinction and Endangerment


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