Zom ZomsThe first edition of "Atlas of the Third World" ["RBB" Ag 84] contained more than 1,000 maps and statistical charts describing the economic, political, demographic, and geographic aspects of the world's developing countries. The second edition continues the purpose and format, updating some charts and maps, adding some, and dropping a few. The resulting work is larger, with 600 maps and more than 2,000 charts. Maps added in the second edition include "Third World in 1914" and "English in the Third World." There is more emphasis on environment, debt, agriculture, and the role of women. Although name changes are reflected, the list of countries included has changed little. Vietnam, excluded from the original work because of lack of information, is included in the new edition, bringing the total of country profiles to 81 The arrangement is the same, with the first section organized thematically and covering such topics as population, industry, and defense. This is followed by the country-profiles section, arranged alphabetically by country name. In both editions, the maps are well spaced with adequate margins and not too much detail for map size. The new edition is more attractive, dropping the squared-off appearance of the maps in the first edition and making greater use of color. Another improvement is the inclusion of source citations in the thematic section. The introduction lists eight sources used to compile the country profiles, such as "International Financial Statistics, 1990" and "Britannica World Data, 1991" "Atlas of the Third World", second edition, is recommended for academic and large public libraries. Libraries that puchased the 1984 edition should consider acquiring the 1992 edition, both for updated material and for maps and charts not included in the original work. Libraries should consider retaining the original work because of the maps that were dropped and for the benefit of scholars who may want to compare the newer and older material.
BooknewsDesigned to provide a state of the Third World report in graphic form, this revised edition of the highly-praised reference first published in 1984 reflects the changes that have preoccupied Third World research in recent years: the growing disparity between the developed and developing world; the politics of hunger; and the plight of Africa, which has lost ground over the years. The first section of the Atlas compares Third World countries both internationally and regionally, while the second section examines each of the 81 major countries that are classified as Third World. With 600 maps and some 2,000 illustrative charts--two-color throughout. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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