This expanded third edition continues New View's tradition of presenting statistics in an easy-to-read, visual format. Like the previous editions, it is organized thematically in chapters (e.g., "Health and Nutrition," "Lifestyles and Pastimes," "Politics and Government," "Drugs and Crime," "Environment and Geography," "Transportation and Energy," and "Money and Business"). Easy to peruse and highly informative, it includes 2000 charts, graphs, and maps, along with a serviceable index and chapter subdivisions in the table of contents. A plethora of important topics is covered, such as the incidence of domestic violence (more than 18 percent of American women say they've been abused), the growth of the elderly population (12 percent of the U.S. total), and our country's hefty contribution to worldwide carbon dioxide emissions (25 percent). However, the emphasis on certain sections is sometimes questionable. For example, "Advertising" (including the gross incomes of the top ten advertising agencies) takes up four pages, while "Cost of Living" takes up only two. Further, the graph on mutual fund growth stops in 2001, just before the value of stock holdings plummeted. Other statistics are presented in such a way as to obscure important realities: e.g., the chart on life expectancy divides the U.S. population into two groups, "whites" and "blacks and others"-thus obscuring the difference between white and black life expectancies by averaging in the life expectancies of other racial groups with different public health issues (such as Asians and Hispanics). Recommended only as a supplement to other statistical references.-Kevin O'Kelly, Somerville P.L., MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.