The World Reference Atlas Updated Edition

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9780789432513: The World Reference Atlas Updated Edition

This altas presents geographical information in a dynamic way, combining the cartographic qualities of an altas, the background reference of an encyclopaedia and the anaytical depth of a gazetteer in a single volume. The book's four sections build up a comprehensive survey of the world.

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What is the name of Burma's unit of currency? What does the Uzbekistani flag look like? What is the largest lake in South America? A glimpse into the World Reference Atlas will reveal the answers. This colorful book is brimming with useful information about the world around us. The book begins and ends with "world views," including maps of the political and physical world and overviews of global issues such as population, tourism, and hunger and disease. The heart of the book is the 567 pages of information presented on a country-by-country basis--from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Each national profile includes a detailed map of the country, the national flag, and charts detailing everything from the country's climate and social makeup to its economy and educational level. Quick-reference charts on the inside front and back covers help you keep track of the many icons representing a wide range of statistics. As with all such books, some of the information became incorrect as soon as it was published. Carefully updated for 1998, the book notes Princess Diana's death in August 1997 but went to press before the Iraqi refusal to allow UN inspections in October1997. If this book has a drawback, it is simply that it is difficult to put down. You'll be able to find the information you seek quickly--but you may find yourself distracted by the rest of the book. With its clean layout, fascinating information presented in a clear, straightforward manner, thousands of illustrations, charts, and maps, this atlas would be an excellent addition to any home library. --C.B. Delaney

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