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The definitive reference book on the way we live now, The State of the World Atlas is a magnificent visual survey of current events and global trends.
This unique book, a milestone of graphic reporting, has become a trade reference classic since its first publication in the 1970s. Completely revised and updated, the new 9th edition of this groundbreaking ‘atlas with attitude‘ keeps pace with the speed of change, using over 100 thematic world maps and vivid graphics to break down hardore statistics into accessible, compelling form.
Widely praised for its ingenious design and statistically meticulous presentation of trends, The State of the World Atlas graphically analyses every key indicator and vital statistic of modern life, from wealth and power, war and peace through to rights, health and the environment.
Authored by leading international peace researcher Dan Smith OBE, it has sold over 700,000 copies in different languages around the world, offering its sharp analysis and informed comment on the most challenging issues facing the world today.
Dan Smith is Secretary General of International Alert, based in London, and former Director of the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO). In 2007-2011 he was Chairman of the UN Peacebuilding Fund Advisory Group. In 2002 he was awarded an OBE. He is also author of The Atlas of War and Peace and The State of the Middle East. He was awarded the OBE in 2002, and blogs on international politics at www.dansmithsblog.com
Some fascinating facts:
- The number of billionaires in 2010 was greater than that before the economic crash of 2008.
- The largest corporation in the world is Walmart. Only 27 countries have a gross national income greater than its annual revenue.
- The rate at which the global population is growing is beginning to slow. In 1990 the average number of babies born to each woman was 3.2; in 2010 it was 2.5.
- 50 wars were being fought in 1990, 30 in 2012.
- Death is the punishment for same-sex sexual relationships in 8 countries.
Published by Penguin in North America
Dimensions: 210 x 133mm
Page extent: 144
'The State of the World Atlas is something else - an occasion of wit and an act of subversion.'
New York Times
'Will not only sit on your shelf begging to be used, but will also be a good read. Its inventive brilliance deserves enormous rewards.'
'No-one wishing to keep a grip on the reality of the world should be without these books.'
International Herald Tribune
‘Unique and uniquely beautiful...A single map here tells us more about the world today than a dozen abstracts or scholarly tomes.’
Los Angeles Times
‘Outspoken cataloguing of global oppressions and inequities, painstakingly sourced.’
Independent on Sunday
‘A political reference book which manages to translate hard, boring statistics into often shocking visual statements... required reading.’
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