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The State of the World Atlas

The State of the World Atlas is a magnificently visual survey of current events and global trends.

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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

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
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780143122654
Dimensions: 210 x 133mm
Page extent: 144

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Supplier New Internationalist
Product Keys Educational, Recycled

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